State High Court Upholds Doctors At Executions Ruling

North Carolina's highest court has ruled that a medical licensing board overstepped its power with a policy to discipline doctors who participate in executions.

The ruling Friday upheld a lower court ruling and could result in a resumption of executions in North Carolina, which have been on hold for more than two years.

Medical Board spokeswoman Jean Fisher Brinkly said simply, "We were not successful."

A spokesman for the Department of Correction had no immediate comment.

Lawyers for the state argued that a doctor should monitor an execution to prevent cruel or unusual punishment. But the medical board and the American Medical Association said state lawmakers wanted a doctor to be present but not actively participate.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 2, 2009 at 03:25 AM
    I am all for justice and serving of one's sentence. I think it should be "An eye for a eye" on all cases! I think William should evaluate his career as a "comedian" and save the comments that lack any consideration for the family members and victims of those affected by this decision. I always wonder what people think or "don't think" before typing/speaking.
  • by Emily Location: Greenville on May 1, 2009 at 05:37 PM
    It's about time!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on May 1, 2009 at 04:52 PM
    "could result in a resumption of executions"? WOW
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 1, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Outstanding! Open up an express lane and let's save the state money on feeding and housing these murderers.
  • by Alex on May 1, 2009 at 12:08 PM
  • by Dave Location: Wilson on May 1, 2009 at 11:21 AM
    Let the executions proceed!!!
  • by William Location: ENC on May 1, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Good. Now maybe the issue will DIE.
  • by Anonymous on May 1, 2009 at 09:14 AM
    This is nuts. Wasting tax payers money on an already lost cause.

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