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Bill would limit death penalty appeal time

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TOPEKA, Kan. -- A proposal to speed the process of executing criminals in Kansas is before a House committee.

The committee has an afternoon hearing scheduled on whether to set a time limit for filing appeals.

The state Senate approved a bill last month setting a limit of three years and six months for the Kansas Supreme Court to hear and decide an appeal of a death penalty conviction. There is currently no time limit.

Wichita's notorious Carr brothers have been under a death sentence for 13 years. They had an appeal hearing at the state Supreme Court last December.

But the proposal has some critics. The Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty is campaigning against the legislation.

Critics of the bill contend the change would increase the chance of an innocent person being executed. Supporters say death penalty appeals take too long for the state to complete under the current structure.

Members of the Coalition Against the Death Penalty scheduled a news conference Wednesday ahead of a House committee hearing on the proposal.

Kansas reinstated the death penalty in 1994 but has not carried out any executions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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