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Lawmakers Want 2-Year Execution Moratorium

Posted April 19, 2007

Death Row, Death Penalty, Execution
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— Four state representatives have introduced a bill to impose a two-year moratorium on executions.

They suggested that the state needs more time to evaluate proposed legislative reforms.

The sponsors of the bill, filed Wednesday, are Reps. Martha B. Alexander, D-Mecklenburg; W. Pete Cunningham, D-Mecklenburg; Paul Luebke, D-Durham; and Earline W. Parmon, D-Forsyth.

The state effectively has a moratorium in place because of a dispute between the Department of Correction and the North Carolina Medical Board about the presence of doctors at executions.

State policy requires a physician to be present. The Medical Board has issued a ruling that no doctor may participate in any way in an execution without facing possible disciplinary action.

Several executions have been held up since the policy was announced. The issue is in court.

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  • strolling bones Apr 20, 2007

    Experts figure 1 out of ever 8 on death row is innocent. I dont like them odds. Many times the DA uses the death penalty as a bargaining tool...The state will remove the chance of death in exchange for a plea. That is not what the death penalty was meant for, its not a bargaining chip.

  • Wildman Apr 20, 2007

    maltonr2....agreed

    this is just another case of someone trying to interpose themselves and their opinions into the legal process in an illegal fashion and trying to color it correct.

    The judgment has been passed and it should be executed. End of process....like you stated, let the declaration of death occur after the fact...call the paramedics.

  • Bob3425 Apr 20, 2007

    Two years is fine with me, however don't feed the inmate on death row (I don't want to pay for them to eat). No doctors requried. This is BS their sentence is death as judge by the people of NC, carry out the sentence without a doctor there, transport them to a hospital to be pronouce dead. If this take two year these lawmaker need to find new jobs.