Sen. Thom Goolsby has introduced SB 306 to streamline the capital punishment process in North Carolina as well as strike down the state’s historic Racial Justice Act.
The bill would remove lethal injection as a medical practice and prohibit regulatory boards from sanctioning health care professionals for assisting with executions, allow a medical team to participate in the execution process, speed up the execution and appeals process, change the specific chemicals to be used in lethal injections, and eliminate the ability of defendants to introduce statistical evidence of racial bias to reduce death sentences to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (LWOP).
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Matthew Robinson is a professor of Government and Justice Studies at Appalachian State University. The Journal welcomes original submissions for guest columns on local, regional and statewide topics. Essay length should not exceed 750 words. The writer should have some authority for writing about his or her subject. Our email address is: Letters@wsjournal.com. Essays may also be mailed to: The Readers' Forum, P.O. Box 3159, Winston-Salem, NC 27102. Please include your name and address and a daytime telephone number.