Baze Attorney Puts Up a Fight

Two public defenders claim their client’s death warrant was signed prematurely.

In a statement the attorneys said Governor Ernie Fletcher signed the warrant before Ralph Baze exhausted all of his legal appeals.

Baze was condemned to death in 1993 for killing of Powell County Sheriff Steve Bennett and Deputy Arthur Briscoe. He’s scheduled to be executed Sept. 25, 2007.

Baze is involved in two separate lawsuits challenging Kentucky’s method of execution. He is one of three inmates suing the state claiming lethal injection violates federal laws because a doctor doesn’t obtain or administer the drugs.

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