N.C. legislature’s death penalty plan: Remove safeguards, add secrecy, ignore innocence

Despite high profile exonerations in NC, lawmakers say we need to hurry up and execute people.

The idea defies reason, and yet, this week the N.C. House took some disturbing and misguided steps to restart executions.

Not only did the House approve a bill removing the requirement that doctors be present at executions, it also approved a provision that would cloak the execution process in secrecy. The public would no longer have a right to know who carries out executions, what drugs are used, or where those drugs come from.

Removing safeguards AND eliminating public scrutiny at a time when we've seen a flurry of botched executions in states that have taken just these steps seems unimaginable but that's just what happened last night in the NC House.