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State Leaders Might Take Up Execution Issue

Posted January 31, 2007

Death Row, Death Penalty, Execution
— North Carolina's top officials could vote as early as next week on a new lethal injection protocol and the role, if any, a doctor must play in executions.

A representative for Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry tells WRAL she was called by Gov. Mike Easley's office Wednesday and told that a written protocol will be given to the Council of State members on Friday for their review.

Berry is a member of the council, along with the governor, the lieutenant governor and the elected heads of seven other state agencies.

The governor's office, however, tells WRAL that Easley has not spoken to any members of
the Council of State about the matter. Spokesman Seth Effron said the agenda for next week's regularly scheduled meeting has not been set.

Three executions have already been put on hold since Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens ruled last week that the 10-member Council of State must approve a recent change that keeps doctors from actively participating in the execution process.

Berry, who supports capital punishment and one of three Republicans on the council, believes the council's action would merely address what she terms a "technicality."

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  • wondermom67 Feb 1, 2007

    Lets hope they all remember the innocent victims that these murderers killed. They certainly did not take into consideration as to wheter it hurt or not when they commited the murders, so why sould anyone care whether it hurts them. I would venture to say that unless you die in your sleep then it probably does hurt. continue with the executions, However please do not wait 10 -20 years to do it.

  • narck9 Feb 1, 2007

    Lets hope he allows the executions to continue.

  • narck9 Feb 1, 2007

    The right thing being executing these criminals.

  • Highway Man Jan 31, 2007

    Let's hope that justice is carried out and not delayed.

  • Cowboy Jan 31, 2007

    Let's hope Easley does the right thing for a change.