Sunday, 1 April 2007

Executioners can be questioned about training

Executioners can be questioned about training

01:52 PM EDT on Friday, March 30, 2007
By BRETT BARROUQUERE / Associated Press Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kentucky’s executioners can be questioned about their training and qualifications by attorneys for a death row inmate challenging the use of lethal injection, a federal judge ruled Friday.

The execution team could remain anonymous, but their background, training and experience could be explored, under the ruling by U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell in Lexington.

The decision came in the case of Brian Keith Moore, who is awaiting execution for a 1979 slaying in Louisville. Moore is challenging the use of lethal injection on the grounds that the drugs used will cause him excruciating pain in violation of the constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

Moore, 49, was convicted and sentenced to death for the kidnapping and slaying of Virgil Harris of Louisville.

Meanwhile, Moore is awaiting DNA testing on old evidence in his case. Moore, the first Kentucky Death Row inmate to have been granted such testing, claims the evidence will point to another man, who has since died, as Harris’ killer.

In April 2006, Attorney General Greg Stumbo sent a letter to Gov. Ernie Fletcher requesting an execution date for Moore, but Fletcher never signed a warrant and set a date.

Kentucky has executed two inmates since the reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976. Harold McQueen of Madison County was put to death in the electric chair in 1997. Eddie Lee Harper of Louisville became the only inmate to be executed by lethal injection in 1999.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


vnrozier said...

Does one need prior experience?

Knowit said...

I believe in the dealth penalty when it is deserved. Why have it and not carry it out? In Brain Keith Moore's case where he state the injection will cause him pain. What about the pain he caused the man he killed?????????? I wonder if they should be killed like they killed their victims? Lethal Injection is painless as I have watched stories about this and read about it, and it sure is a better way to die then they gave their victims!!!!!!!!! For 29 years he has had a roof over his head, 3 meals a day, medical or dental attention when needed, books to read, etc. and doesn't have to pay a dime for it, we do. And the victim's family has to live without that loved one while they are paying too for his upkeep, as well as wanting to see his sentenced carried out before they pass away. The people that have done it in the past (what few that has been done) knows how to do it, let them do their jobs. And God bless them for doing it.