Carl Wedekind, Kentucky Coalition To Abolish the Death Penalty (#303)
Attorney, lobbyist, and author Carl Wedekind explains why he believes the death penalty should be abolished and discusses his work in Frankfort as a lobbyist for that cause.
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Wedekind, a retired Kentucky attorney, was pro bono counsel in the appeal of Death Row inmate Harold McQueen, a case that caused Kentucky to become an early challenger to the constitutionality of execution by electrocution. In 1998, Wedekind wrote The Second Grave: A Case for the Abolition of the Death Penalty. He is the volunteer campaign director for the Kentucky Coalition To Abolish the Death Penalty, serves on the board of the ACLU of Kentucky, and has served on the national ACLU board and its executive committee.
Wedekind’s book Politics, Religion and Death: Memoir of a Lobbyist depicts life in the Kentucky legislature through the eyes of a lobbyist. Readers are taken through an execution, the experiences of an innocent man on Death Row, the trauma of a juvenile sentenced to be executed, and the efforts of many people to reform the system.