Doctors' Role In Executions Still Up In Air

The state Academy of Trial Lawyers does not want state leaders to act on a recent court ruling on executions. Three executions have already been put on hold since a 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. State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry says the council will consider the matter during its regular meeting on Tuesday. The Academy of Trial Lawyers says the council should reject the new role for physicians. The group says the modified approach would break the law and violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment. The group says the General Assembly should deal with the issue.