Death Sentence in Moore County

News Update 10.18.07

North Carolina

A Moore County jury sentenced Mario Lynn Phillips to death yesterday. Phillips and two friends were charged with killing four people in 2003. There have been two other death sentences handed down in 2007, Eugene Johnny Williams of Cumberland County, and Byron Lamar Waring of Wake County.

The North Carolina Medical Board met this week in Raleigh to decide whether it would appeal a judge’s decision that the Board cannot discipline doctors who participate in executions. Many expressed concerns about letting people without medical training decide what is and isn’t a medical procedure. Meanwhile, Dr. John Faulkner of Raleigh likened the presence and participation of doctors in executions to the aid rendered by paramedics at Carolina Hurricanes hockey games.

BREAKING – The Medical Board has announced that it will appeal Judge Stephens’ decision. More here.

Elsewhere

The Supreme Court stayed the execution of Virginia‘s Christopher Scott Emmett. Order here. SCOTUSblog analysis here, Washington Post here.

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