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The following comes from a Charlotte Observer article about the decision to drop the gas chamber as an execution method in North Carolina:
"Another death penalty backer, Sen. Beverly Perdue, D-Craven, suggested that doing away with the gas chamber would lessen capital punishment's deterrent value. 'I think we should make it painful and torturous,' she said." ("Bill on Gas Chamber Shelved," Foon Rhee, Charlotte Observer, 3/23/95)
So I was a little surprised by today's front page N&O article that Bev Perdue is calling for a moratorium on the death penalty until questions about its constitutionality can be answered. (Nevermind, of course, that an hour or so later she went ahead and voted to continue the procedure anyways.)
This is the same woman who voted to kill (no pun intended) a bill that would have halted the barbaric practice of executing the mentally retarded (HB 1062, 1993-94). A legislator who voted to "streamline" the appeals process in capital punishment cases (HB 9, 1995-96).
Now she's got questions? Are we sure she wasn't just angling for the front page of the newspaper? Is the media just going to let her get away with calling for a moratorium on one day and voting against it the next? Does she get to leave a decade long record behind with one press release? Where does she really stand? Something tells me that meteorologist Greg Fishel can answer that question best -- hey Greg, which way is the wind blowing this evening?