Local Politics

Lawmakers Want 2-Year Execution Moratorium

Posted April 19, 2007 9:49 p.m. EDT
Updated April 19, 2007 9:50 p.m. EDT

Death Row, Death Penalty, Execution

— 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.