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Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Saturday, July 16, 2005

Kentucky: Judge Upholds Lethal Injections with One Exception

From (AP)- Frankfort, KY: In a suit brought by two Kentucky death row inmates challenging the constitutionality of the process Kentucky uses to administer lethal injection cocktails, Franklin Circuit Judge Roger Crittenden upheld the process but "said the method of execution should be changed to rule out one painful step....The judge said the state should not be allowed to administer the fatal drugs through an intravenous catheter stuck into the prisoner’s jugular vein, in the neck, if no suitable veins can be found in the arms or legs.  He said it was unconstitutionally cruel and should be removed from the process."  State officials plan to challenge that part of Crittenden's ruling on appeal. Story here... [Mark Godsey]

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