Inmates Challenge New Execution Protocol

Two death row inmates say the Council of
State wrongly adopted a new execution protocol without public
The appeal through the state Office of Administrative Hearings
was filed Thursday on behalf of inmates Jerry Conner and James
Attorney Hardy Lewis says state law requires that a new rule go
through a public review process. The case will now go to
administrative law judge, who will make a recommendation after
hearing evidence. If the council rejects the recommendation, the
inmates can appeal to Wake Superior Court.
Three executions scheduled in January and February have been
stopped and two more announced for March are in doubt. The state is
debating what role a doctor should play in executions.