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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Supreme Court will hear arguments that could help determine the future of the death penalty in North Carolina.

Oral arguments are scheduled for Monday in a case involving five death row inmates who say the Council of State failed to follow correct procedure when adopting a new set of guidelines for executions.

An administrative law judge ordered the council, which consists of all statewide elected officials, to revise the policy. But the council declined, and a Wake County Superior Court judge ruled the administrative court lacked the jurisdiction to make its ruling.

Ken Rose with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation represents one of the inmates. He says he’s confident the case will ultimately prevail.

No one has been executed in North Carolina since 2006.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • Guest1966

    It’s interesting that this story should pop up, after a story was aired on MSNBC, that the last manufacturer of the “Grape Juice” that is injected into the prisoners to put them to sleep forever, has decided to stop making the “Grape Juice”. Meaning, whatever inventory the states have on hand to excute prisoners, is all there is! No more refills. So MSNBC was saying it would probably bring the debate up again, on the constitutionally of states putting someone to death, even if they did have the “Grape Juice”. I say bring back the “Chair”, most deathrow inmates are there because of the violence they brought on someone else, and this “make them go to sleep” way may seem humain, but I still think they should be ripped out of this world the same way they ripped someone else’s life apart!

  • Guest555

    The death penalty would work if it really happened. Just saying it and putting them behind bars for us to pay for, for YEARS don’t work.

  • Commonsensenotcommontoday

    The worst decision that the Supreme Court ever rendered (with the exception of the New London Eminent Domain case) was Furman v Georgia and its companion cases, in 1972.

    Those decisions restricted capital punishment to first degree murder. They have since opened up a bit and allowed it for extremly heinous crimes, such as forcible child rape, but things were far better before Furman.

    Many states in the Southeast and Deep South allowed capital punishment for rape, kidnapping, and third offense violent felony or felony with the potential for violence.

    That’s the way it should be. Third time that you’ve been convicted of armed robbery, burglary, or a combination thereof? Well, it’s obvious that you’re nver going to learn and we have to ask – how long before you actually DO kill someone?

    I’m even willing to require photographic or DNA evidence, but once that’s satisfied, you get one appeal up the state chain, one appeal up the federal chain, and then BOOM BOOM, out go the lights.

    We spend far too much time coddling criminals when they need to be permanently removed from society in the cheapest, quickest manner.


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