Tuesday, 02 October 2007 19:00
The Council of State met yesterday and decided not to
revisit North Carolina’s method of executing death row inmates.
In doing so,
they rejected a judge’s findings earlier this year that they made mistakes when
approving the “execution protocol” earlier this year. The Council decided
Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison did not have jurisdiction to decide the
issue. Morrison ruled in August that the panel failed to hear arguments from
those representing the condemned inmates before approving the new execution
method. The Council of State is made up of the governor, lieutenant governor
and eight other statewide elected officials.