The state's top elected officials have decided not to revisit North Carolina's method of executing death row inmates, rejecting a judge's findings that they made mistakes when approving the so-called "execution protocol" earlier this year.
The Council of State met Tuesday and decided that Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison didn't have the jurisdiction to decide the issue.
Morrison ruled in August that the panel failed to hear arguments from those representing condemned inmates before they approved the new execution method.
The Council of State is comprised of the governor, lieutenant governor and eight other statewide elected officials. Their rejection of the judge's ruling can be appealed to a state court.
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