Andy Beshear doesn't favor death penalty moratorium, plans to focus on child abuse and drugs

05/05/2014 01:45 PM

The first candidate in the 2015 attorney general’s race says he wants to focus on cracking down on child abuse and drug abuse, and while he believes Kentucky needs to tighten its capital punishment policies, he doesn’t support a moratorium.

Andy Beshear, the Democrat and first candidate to announce his candidacy to replace outgoing Attorney General Jack Conway, spoke to Pure Politics with his wife Britainy by his side at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The couple has two young kids together, and Beshear said while he will continue the fight against illegal drugs, he will also focus on child abuse.

“In this job, the Attorney General’s job, it’s the perfect intersection between policy, and prosecution and police. And we think there’s just a real chance to move the needle to save more kids,” Behsear said.

Beshear, who is the son of current Gov. Steve Beshear, said he would take the prosecutorial fight outside of Kentucky’s borders if need be.

A botched execution in Oklahoma last week vaulted the death penalty back into the news. An inmate struggled for more than an hour before he died from lethal injection.

In Kentucky, three people have been executed in Kentucky since 1976.

Beshear said Kentucky needs to have the “very best procedures” when it comes to the appeals process, counsel for those being tried for capital crimes and the drugs used to execute inmates convicted of capital punishment are figured out.

While the state should look into those factors Beshear said he does not support a moratorium on capital cases, but because of on-going court cases, the state has effectively stopped executing death row inmates.


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