Death Penalty

So what do our NC candidates say is their positions on the Death Penalty
Who supports the moratorium?

Who says death penalty is helping keep our prison population down>?


Is it really a moratorium?

I thought that the State was at an impasse with the Medical board, who won't allow NC licensed physicians to supervise executions.

Personally, I do not support the death penalty. I support rehabilitation when possible, and incarceration when rehabilitation is not possible.

And I'm one of those bleeding hearts that believes that if we addressed core issues in this country like poverty and inequality, there would be less violence, less crime, and hence, less need to focus on whether or not we should continue to legally kill people.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I think they steer clear of the issue

My take is that almost most Democrats say they support the death penalty but object to the way it is being applied. Most Republicans support it too and are A OK if a few innocent people happen to get fried along the way.

and some republican governors

actually laugh at the condemned. Surely goodness and mercy will follow him. . . not.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Moore V Perdue

I have not made up my mind that I know which one of these two people has all that much on the other SO>>> I was hoping that Death Penalty would be my way to separate them? Are they both occupying the same position on the death penalty>


Good question.

Do any of the campaign people care to post their candidate's positions on the death penalty?

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.

Perdue's stance

Bev Perdue supports the death penalty, but favors the moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina while medical and legal issues are resolved.

Here is what both candidates had to say about the death penalty in the spring…

Support for death penalty shakier
News & Observer, The (Raleigh, NC) - February 7, 2007
Author: Rob Christensen, Staff Writer

For generations of North Carolina Democratic leaders, support for the death penalty was regarded as a political certainty -- like defending tobacco and singing the praises of pork barbecue.

But the announcement from Lt. Gov. Beverly Perdue, a death penalty supporter, that she backed a moratorium was another signal that views on public executions may be shifting.

Perdue, a likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2008, said she backed a moratorium while the courts, and maybe the legislature, work their way through a thicket regarding the role of physicians at executions.

While Perdue said she still supports the death penalty, some political observers saw her backing of a moratorium as way of reaching out to more liberal Democratic primary voters.

"This is a sign that the lieutenant governor may think Democratic politics on the death penalty are changing and moving more toward questioning of the death penalty, especially among liberal Democrats and African-Americans," said Gary Pearce, a veteran Democratic strategist. "It's more than politics. There is a genuine concern about innocence and prosecutorial zealousness and fairness. I think all of this is bubbling up."

The moratorium could become an issue in next year's Democratic primary for governor. State Treasurer Richard Moore, who is also a death penalty supporter, said he opposed a moratorium. Moore is considered a likely Democratic candidate for governor.

“Calling for a moratorium, in my view," Moore said, "is simply a way of backing into that [anti-death penalty] debate." …

Bev Perdue Campaign


Come're with the campaign and your quoting Rob Christensen? That's pretty lame. You can do better than that. How about a statement from the candidate. You're using a surrogate to try to show Perdue is moving on this issue without actually confirming it yourself. If I don't hear from her lips that she is shifting on this issue, then I won't believe it.

I do have a quote from her lips and I don't care that it is not recent, I've never heard her back away from it or address it publicly. Until she does it will be that quote that guides me on this issue. As far as I'm concerned, Bev Perdue is further right than the Republicans on state sponsored killings because I'm not aware that any of them have stated in an official capacity that our manner of killing people in this state isn't painful enough.

Using a newspaper article where someone speculates your candidate is shifting on an issue tells me she isn't shifting at all. You just want us to think she is.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Bev has talked about the

Bev has talked about the death penalty as recently as the NAACP debate. You can see it here. in "Part 2." She is very clear that she supports the current moratorium. I was quoting the N&O to point towards Moore's position.

thanks, Justin

So both candidates are - or were - in Feb. of 2007 - pro-death penalty.

I don't know what there is to study about medical and legal issues. The medical issues are: the state kills people it has condemned to death. How they choose to do it is at issue, but the ultimate medical issue is that the state stops a human being from living. They take their life.

Legal issues? Those might be more important, but in this case, I've got to agree with Moore, it sounds like a way to back into anti-death penalty without pissing anyone off.

Take a freaking stand.

Edited to add: I am against the death penalty, so neither one of them win points from me on this.

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Far be it for me to defend "Bevers"

But a moratorium at least spares some lives in the meanwhile. A moratorium at least buys time for building the argument against the death penalty. Any pause in this process is a good thing. A moratorium sends a strong message to the citizens that there is something to be examined here.

You're right that it isn't strong enough, but geez, I want at least as much time as it could give us.

So Justin, has Beverly Perdue expressed regret for her comments about the gas chamber not being "painful enough?"

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke