Death Penalty Temporary Halt
Forty senior members of the clergy from churches across North Carolina released a letter Tuesday calling for a two-year temporary halt on executions in order to study whether the death penalty is fairly meted out. The group, which included high-ranking Baptist, Roman Catholic, Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Muslim, Jewish, and other clergy, urged support of a bill currently before a state House committee. The legislation would, upon passage, call for an immediate suspension of executions for two years while lawmakers examine the use of capital punishment in the state.
In 2003, the state Senate approved a two-year halt in executions, but the House did not vote on the proposal.