"NC court weighs who decides on execution drugs," is the AP report by Emery P. Dalesio. It's via BlueRidgeNow.
A North Carolina appeals court is considering whether the state's proposed execution method of using lethal drugs is valid, less than a week after an Ohio killer's execution took him nearly a half hour of gasping and snorting before he died.
The state Court of Appeals hears arguments Tuesday from lawyers for four condemned killers who have challenged the legality of the state's lethal injection execution procedures since 2007. North Carolina hasn't carried out executions since 2006.
The case involves whether the state's top public safety official can determine the combination of lethal drugs used or whether that decision must go through a rule-making process required of other decisions. That official decided last October that executions would use one lethal chemical instead of three drugs.
News & Observer coverage is, "NC prisoners' challenge to execution protocol to be argued in NC Appeals Court," by Anne Blythe.
Inmates have challenged the state’s execution protocol as “cruel and unusual punishment,” and therefore unconstitutional.
At issue is whether a Wake County judge’s ruling about the state process used to develop a 2007 execution protocol was correct.
At the time of the Wake County judge’s ruling, the prisoners’ lawsuit and other legal challenges had created a de facto moratorium on executions in the state.
There has not been an execution in North Carolina since 2006.
Late last year, shortly before a scheduled Court of Appeals hearing on the three-drug lethal injection protocol, the state secretary of public safety signed a new protocol that calls for the use of a single-drug lethal injection.
Today's Times-Dispatch publishes the editorial, "Executions via lethal injections may be over."
There hasn't been an execution in North Carolina since 2006. It's not likely one will occur anytime soon.
Executions in the Tar Heel state have been on hold primarily because of objections from the North Carolina Medical Board, which opposes lethal injection protocol.
Since what some are calling a "botched" execution last week in Ohio, capital punishment by this method across the land may be off the table for good.
Convicted killers should be removed from society and held behind bars for the rest of their lives.
Justice for families eventually will be rendered by a much higher power than the judicial system.