Kansas Senate Taking Up Death Penalty Appeal Changes

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas Senate is considering a bill shortening the time for inmates convicted of capital murder to appeal their death sentences to the state Supreme Court.

The measure on Wednesday's debate calendar would specify time limits for filing documents in such appeals and for the Supreme Court to hear arguments on them.

The changes were sought by proponents of capital punishment concerned about the pace at which death penalty appeals reach the high court _ in some cases, more than a decade.

Kansas enacted capital punishment in 1994 but has yet to carry out an execution. Nine men are under death sentences in state prisons.


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