capital punishment


After years of efforts, a bill that would abolish the death penalty in Kentucky received its first legislative hearing on Wednesday.

But it failed to advance the House Judiciary Committee by one vote.

The bill would have replaced the death penalty with life without parole.

Capital punishment has been used in the US since Colonial Days, for crimes as varied as murder, theft, sexual perversity or denying the existence of God.

Despite efforts to do away with the death penalty, it is still a legal punishment in 32 states.