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Gregory Wilson execution plan demonstrates Kentucky’s broken death penalty system
Gregory Wilson's case demonstrate the flaws in Kentucky’s death penalty system: his codefendant was having a sexual affair with a judge, his defense was inadequate, and the state will be relying on an about-to-expire sedative during the execution.
By: Kentucky Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty
“While KCADP opposes capital punishment in all cases,” Delahanty said, “the case of Gregory Wilson is an especially ugly example of a broken system that produces spectacle and carries out executions in a way that resembles the laws of chance.”
For more information please visit http://kcadp.org.
Several aspects of the Wilson case demonstrate the flaws in Kentucky’s broken death penalty system:
* Wilson’s codefendant—
* Wilson’s defense began with a notice posted to the courthouse door seeking volunteer lawyers to represent him, and it ended without any lawyers because Wilson found them incompetent. Wilson had to make his own closing argument to the jury, something he was ill equipped and ill prepared to do.
* In planning to act on the three death warrants Attorney General Jack Conway requested, the state found it did not have enough chemicals to execute all three people, could not buy the chemicals anytime soon, and its one small batch on hand was sufficient to execute one man before October when the supply expired.
According to a 2006 poll conducted by the University of Kentucky Survey Center, 67 percent of Kentuckians questioned preferred a long prison sentence to execution for those convicted of aggravated murder. KCADP is planning educational and protest events to call attention to the state’s broken and unwanted capital punishment system.
For more information, please contact: Rev. Patrick Delahanty, chairperson, at 502-494-