***Media Advisory*** 

MONDAY: ACLU Puts the Kansas Death Penalty on Trial

Multi-day hearing beginning Mon. Feb. 6

qainat khan, ACLU, [email protected]
Esmie Tseng, ACLU of Kansas, [email protected] 

WHAT: The ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project, together with the ACLU of Kansas and the law firms of Hogan Lovells and Ali & Lockwood, is challenging the constitutionality of the Kansas death penalty under the state and U.S. Constitutions.

In the multi-day hearing, we will argue that the Kansas death penalty:

  • is racially discriminatory in its application and in the jury selection process, 
  • is exceedingly rare and unfairly applied, and 
  • serves no valid purpose — it doesn't deter homicides, it is more costly than alternatives, and it risks the execution of innocent people. 

Taken together, the Kansas death penalty cannot survive any level of constitutional scrutiny, and should be found unconstitutional.

Experts will provide testimony about: 

The attached fact sheet provides additional detail about our arguments, and links to expert reports.

Kansas has not carried out an execution since 1965. There are nine people on death row — three of them (a third) are Black men, in a state with a Black population of six percent.

WHEN: A multi-day hearing beginning on Monday, Feb. 6, 2023.

WHERE: The multi-day hearing will be held in-person at

Sedgwick County Courthouse
525 N. Main Street, 9th floor
Wichita, KS 67203

WHO: Lawyers from the ACLU will be available for interviews at the end of court each day.

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About the ACLU of Kansas: The ACLU of Kansas is the statewide affiliate of the national American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Kansas is dedicated to preserving and advancing the civil rights and legal freedoms guaranteed by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights. For more information, visit our website at www.aclukansas.org.