The North Carolina Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this morning in a case involving five death row inmates and the Council of State. This is the next step in ongoing litigation between the five inmates – Jerry Conner, James Campbell, J.T. Thomas, Marcus Robinson, and Archie Billings – and the Council of State, the group charged with approving North Carolina’s lethal injection protocol. Briefs for the parties are here and here. The central question before the Court today is whether the Wake County Superior Court was wrong to find that the inmates cannot challenge the Council’s decision to change the procedure by which they would be executed.
Update: Video of the argument is currently available online here.