The Courier-Journal reported recently that two men convicted of murder had their convictions overturned in 2016 after serving 21 years. Rather than dismissing the case, a Kentucky prosecutor in the Attorney General's office decided to retry the men and also charge them with perjury and kidnapping so he could seek to kill them.
In January 2018, Judge Bruce Butler dismissed the perjury and kidnapping charges, and said that the prosecutor, Perry Ryan, was seeking to punish the defendants for exercising their constitutional rights. Butler said the attorney general's office acted out of vindictiveness. "Vindictive conduct by persons with the awesome powers of prosecutors is unacceptable," Butler wrote in dismissing the charges.
KCADP agrees with Judge Butler and appreciates his honesty. This vindictive behavior on the part of a prosecutor in the Attorney General's office clearly demonstrates that we must end the death penalty in Kentucky to prevent executing the innocent.
Your State Representative is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and needs to hear from you. Please take action and ask your State Representative to support House Bill 155 which calls for the abolition of the death penalty. The bill has members of both parties supporting it, but we need to get at least 11 of the 20 members on the Committee to vote YES to move House Bill 155 to the House floor for a debate and vote on the issue.
Take Action Today to send a message to your State Representative asking for support for House Bill 155. Now is the time to raise your voice for abolition and impact this important public policy debate.
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