Council Of State To Discuss Death Penalty Protocol

The governor, lieutenant governor and the elected heads of eight state government agencies will meet today to discuss North Carolina's "execution protocol."

At issue is a doctor's required participation in executions in the state. That part of the process conflicts with the state medical board's recent declaration that physicians violate medical ethics by taking an active role in an execution.

Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue issued a statement last night saying she supports a moratorium on the death penalty until the constitutional issues are resolved in the courts.

And yesterday, a legislative committee studying the death penalty ended its final meeting in a tense exchange. Committee members did agree on recommending some legislation, including a bill that would allow a claim of racial discrimination to be introduced