Kansas legislators mull death penalty appeal changes

? Supporters of the Kansas death penalty law are pushing a measure that would shorten the time inmates have to file their appeals through the Kansas Supreme Court, a move borne out of frustration by some who want the state to get on with carrying out the sentences in a timely manner.

Kansas has nine men under sentence of death since the law took effect in 1994, but no one has completed the appeals process at the state level, putting the date of the state’s first execution years in the future.

Legislators question why the process is still taking so long, pointing to the more than two dozen extensions granted by the Kansas Supreme Court for attorneys representing Wichita murder defendants Jonathan and Reginald Carr.