Ky. to change execution method from 3 drugs

Kentucky will change the way it executes prisoners after a judge
ordered it to rethink the current injection process that involves
three drugs. The move could open the door to a switch to a
single-drug execution.

The Kentucky Justice Cabinet filed notice Thursday in Franklin
Circuit Court that it would propose new regulations by July 24. The
single-page motion does not say what changes will be made.

Justice Cabinet spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin declined to
comment.

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd in April gave Kentucky
90 days to make changes or face a trial to defend the three-drug
method. Shepherd ruled that if Kentucky moves to a one-drug
execution, any cruel and unusual punishment arguments raised by
death row inmates in a lawsuit would be moot.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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