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North Carolina Adopts Single-Drug Protocol

Matthew Burns and Laura Leslie report for WRAL:

In the latest move to resume executions in North Carolina, Secretary of Public Safety Frank Perry has approved a single-drug protocol for carrying out lethal injections.

On Oct. 24, Perry signed a 20-page execution protocol using a single drug, pentobarbital, a sedative commonly used to euthanize animals.

Opponents, naturally, vow to continue obstructing justice.  They plan to use the Racial Justice Act, despite the fact the legislature has repealed it, and challenges to the new protocol, despite the fact that the method is now routinely used in multiple states without problems.

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