Perdue backs moratorium on capital punishment in North Carolina
February 05, 2007 20:09 EST
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Lieutenant Governor Beverly Perdue is calling for a moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina.
Perdue says the moratorium is needed until some constitutional questions about how the death penalty is administered in the state are clarified.
In a statement Perdue says questions about lethal injection and the role of doctors in executions should be clarified in the courts. But Perdue says she still supports capital punishment.
Perdue, a Democrat, is a likely candidate for governor next year.
The Council of State is to meet tomorrow to take up an "execution protocol" that requires a doctor's participation. That plan apparently conflicts with the state medical board's recent declaration that physicians violate medical ethics by taking an active role in an execution.