Rally Planned To Protest Restart Of NC Executions

Death penalty opponents plan to stage a demonstration outside North Carolina's General Assembly.

The rally on Thursday outside the Legislative building calls on lawmakers to drop a bid to restart executions.

Legislation that passed the state Senate last week would allow an accused killer facing execution to challenge his conviction or death sentence if he can show that race played an inappropriate role.

An amendment attached to the bill would allow executions to restart after a two-year halt.

North Carolina courts are sorting out legal questions surrounding executions, but a major barrier was removed this month when the state Supreme Court ruled the Medical Board couldn't punish doctors who participate in executions.

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  • by ace Location: plymouth on May 22, 2009 at 05:41 AM
    This kind of stuff is what bothers me. A very small percentage of the population shows up for a rally and something gets changed. If you look at the percentages the larger number did not want to change what was going to be done. As the old saying goes "The squeekie wheel gets the grease" I do not like a few people desiding what I need (If they want to change things let them run for public office)
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on May 22, 2009 at 03:24 AM
    Let the crybabies rally and protest all they want. They are few in number compared to the masses who want to rid the planet of garbage. Let's put in an express lane! NEXT! NO WAITING!
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on May 21, 2009 at 08:37 PM
    So does that mean that all the WHITE prisoners on death row get to take their case to court and say that they were sentenced to death because they're WHITE? I didn't think so.More minorities are executed. Why? Because more minorities COMMIT THE CRIMES.
  • by Bill Location: Jamesville on May 21, 2009 at 06:31 PM
    There is no such thing as a race card anymore. We have a black president, everybody is equal now. If they are sentenced to death, put them to death. Let the death row inmates go live with the bleeding hearts.
  • by ETB Location: Columbia on May 21, 2009 at 05:46 PM
    Thank God. They could not start back soon enough. Let the bleeding heart liberals cry. Who gives a rats backside.
  • by robert Location: newport on May 21, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    Play the race card. OJ got away with murder because of race. Crime is crime. These low life's always cry race. Red, white ,green blue, yellow, or Black, to bad....
  • by Bring Punishment Back Location: USA on May 21, 2009 at 04:36 PM
    I am glad to see everyone here has the same view point....I also believe the punishment system should also included the repeat offenders. Those predators that cause the most problem, cause the problems not only in prison but also out among society. Rapist, child molesters, and those who hurt the helpless would not even get a second chance... May God Have Mercy On Their Souls, we should not.
  • by Bob D Location: martin on May 21, 2009 at 03:36 PM
    Executions should be warranted to a inmate when he or she has been given the death sentence. According to statistics it cost about 45,000 per inmate, and some facilities house up to 1000 inmates so do the math, and we will all see how our tax dollars are spent. Prison is a home away from home, they get out, and when they notice they have to work they will be back within months, not all of them will return but the majority will return. The court system is a failure, when it comes down to being firm on it's sentencing to people who break the law. If the law was the same as the old days, there would not be as much crime as it is today. I thank Mrs. Perdue for taking .05 percent of my pay away and still expect me to be happy when I am cussed or beaten down by a inmate, but that is ok as long as you don't treat them the same way. I say let the executions begin I'm all for it. I honestly beleive that you kill or rape someone and you are convicted, even if it was me I should be executed.
  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2009 at 08:56 AM
    re:Posted by: Bubba Location: yepington on May 21, 2009 at 09:45 AM I know this is a sensitive matter, but when someone is sentenced to death, then the law should be carried out. Does anybody know how many people are on death row? North Carolina,There are currently 163 offenders on Death Row ..... 1995-2009 North Carolina Department of Correction Why are we waiting so long to carry out the sentence?? Some have been on death row for more than 20 years. Type in the search bar in Google , inmates on death row in North Carolina. 3 hots and a cot. Guess who's footing the bill. US! Protest the protesters....
  • by Wolfgang Location: Chocowinity,NC on May 21, 2009 at 08:39 AM
    Since science gives us DNA testing. To release someone who did not commet a crime. I feel it should be use also to tie someone to a crime like murder. If covicted to a Capital crime DNA testing should be used to sentence someone to death. After all DNA testing is done and the person was proved to commet a Capital crime. Plug in Ole Sparky.
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