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Concordia University School of Law

Friday, November 19, 2004

Kentucky Governor/Doctor - Problems with the Death Penalty

This is an interesting article about a dilemma that Governor Fletcher of Kentucky may face with respect to keeping his medical license and signing off on death warrants as the Governor of Kentucky.    Thanks for Professor Fred Harris for the article.

According to the Associated Press, Governor Fletcher, also a licensed Doctor, risks potentially losing his medical license.   The article states,
"When Gov. Ernie Fletcher signed a death warrant for a convicted killer this month, he may have done more than start the clock ticking on an execution. Some say Fletcher, a doctor, may have put his medical license at risk.

American Medical Association guidelines bar doctors from taking part, directly or indirectly, in executions. And Kentucky requires doctors to follow AMA ethical guidelines. . . .

A group of doctors is seeking an opinion from the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure on whether Fletcher can sign death warrants without running the risk of having his medical license revoked. The board is not scheduled to take up the matter until at least January, and would not comment in the meantime."

The New York Times on Saturday November 20th, also has a further update discussing Governor Fletcher's potential problems fulfilling his Governorship duties as well as his duty to remain true to the guidelines controlling his medical license.

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I think it is ridiculous to hold his medical career blackmail in an attempt to force him to not fulfill the requirements of his office.

Posted by: M Brooks` | Apr 25, 2005 6:50:26 AM

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