NC Leaders Will Take Up Execution Issue Tuesday

Word from state Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry is that top state officials next week will consider the role a doctor must play in executions.

Berry says she got word from Governor Easley's office this afternoon that the council will consider the issue at its regular meeting Tuesday.

She is a member of the council, along with the governor, the lieutenant governor and the elected heads of seven other state agencies.

Three executions have already been put on hold since a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled last week that the 10-member Council of State must approve a recent change that keeps doctors from actively participating in the execution process.

Berry, who supports capital punishment and one of three Republicans on the council, believes the council's action would merely address what she terms a "technicality."