de facto moratorium

Update:

New procedure is approved.
Marshall, Long and Atkinson vote against.

Moore: NC needs to have a debate on the death penalty--this is not the place to do it.

Marshall moves to ask the GA take up the issue. Non-binding unanimous.

Mark K. on the vote.

Yesterday's wrap up of the House Select Committee on Capital Punishment and today's live broadcast of the Council of State hearing on death penalty protocol are sure indication that we are on the brink of either halting executions or utter hypocrisy.

Mark Kleinschmidt from his post Civics 101: When the problem is in the statute, it's the lawmakers who must fix it:

When the Council of State meets on Tuesday to address Judge Stephens' recent ruling halting executions in North Carolina we'll see if the basic principles of checks and balances are understood any better by other state-wide elected officials.

From today's Insider:

Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue and 14 legislators weighed in on the issue Monday. Perdue's office released a statement that said Perdue supported suspending executions until constitutional questions related to how the death penalty is administered are "clarified by the courts." And a group of 14 Democratic lawmakers added their names to a letter already sent by 30 of their colleagues to Gov. Mike Easley, calling on the governor to halt executions until the lethal injection method is shown to be constitutional. Several states are investigating lethal injection after a botched execution in Florida.

From the AP story on the committee debate yesterday:

Panel co-chairman and House Speaker Joe Hackney, D-Orange, said the ongoing debate prompted him to ask committee staff to draw up legislation that would suspend the death penalty while the Legislature studies lethal injection.

A similar moratorium and study is under way in Florida, where then-Gov. Jeb Bush put executions on hold in December and created a commission to examine whether improvements can be made to the way lethal injections are administered.

Hackney's suggestion sparked the tense debate, and although the panel ultimately decided against discussing the matter until the courts and Council of State have time to act, some committee members insisted the debate belongs before the Legislature.


NC Coalition for a Moratorium

Comments

Perdue and Long Replied

I wrote to all members of the Council of State and received two replies. Both essentially said they were going to study this. Neither one gave me any indication of their opinion. Everyone else is not responding. I know Perdue is running for Governor. I guess Long just does not get too many citizen letters. I wonder if all those emails and letters will influence them?

TurnNCBlue

Listening in

The hearing is stretching out.

Sec. of State Marshall and Insurance Commissioner Long clearly uncomfortable with Council of State making the call.
Asked by Treasurer Moore what he thinks the situation is, Easley says moving it along today moves it back to the courts, which will either resolve it or send it to the legislature.

Legislative resolution is an option and Auditor Merritt and others want to know what's the quickest route to the legislature.

Longs says "they're in session" kick it over to the GA.

Easley says he agrees with Long says no one anticipated the Council of State would be dealing with this at this stage.

Vote

New procedure is approved.
Marshall, Long and Atkinson vote against.

Moore: NC needs to have a debate on the death penalty--this is not the place to do it.

Marshall moves to ask the GA take up the issue. Non-binding unanimous.

Marshall wants Attorney General to take up discussions with Medical Society. Says I think we just shoved to to the Medial Society.

Roy Cooper says he will negotiate with Medical Board.

im lost

"new procedure"?

I am worried about anything that Long, Atkinson and Marshall vote against.

Draft Brad Miller -- NC Sen ActBlue :::Petition

"Keep the Faith"

Two of the three people I trust the most on that list

I really like Elaine Marshall. I agree with Moore, though, that Council of state is not the place for the debate.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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