Senate panel may vote on death penalty task force

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is hearing
testimony on a proposal by a Lexington lawmaker to create a task
force to consider implementing recommendations of an American Bar Association study on the death penalty.

Democratic Rep. Jesse Crenshaw, a former federal prosecutor,
presented the bill Wednesday morning, but the members didn't vote
on it. The chairman, Republican Sen. Tom Jensen of London, said the committee would reconvene later in the day and consider it.

Mike Bowling, a former state representative, and Allison
Connelly, a University of Kentucky law professor, were part of the
two-year ABA study that proposed changes for improving the death
penalty process.

Crenshaw said that since 1976, 52 of the state's 78 death
penalty convictions have been reversed because of errors.
The legislation is HCR 173.

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

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