Professor Says State Can't Adequately Monitor Execution Suffering

A medical professor says North Carolina can't adequately monitor an inmate being put to death under its existing rules.

Doctor Philip Boysen is a professor of anesthesiology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

He says there is --no-- sure way to know if a patient is suffering during a lethal injection under the state's written procedures.

Boysen testified before Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison as defense attorneys for several death row inmates argued against the state's death penalty procedure.

The lawyers say the Council of State didn't follow proper procedure when it approved a new execution protocol in February.

The council is made up of Governor Mike Easley and nine statewide