Gov. Ernie Fletcher has been unfairly smeared by death penalty opponents for his decision to sign an execution order for Thomas Clyde Bowling.
The most recent attack on Fletcher was by a death penalty foe who claimed that Fletcher had violated the ethics code of the American Medical Association which prohibits physicians from being involved in executions.
That's nothing more than cheap shot. Fletcher is not acting as a physician when he signs an execution order. He's doing his sworn duty as governor, which is to uphold the laws of Kentucky.
Furthermore, as Fletcher pointed out in an interview Sunday, if physicians are to be held accountable to the medical code of ethics when they are acting in other capacities, "they wouldn't be able to do a lot of things," including serving on juries.