Early this year, the NCMB changed its policy on capital punishment saying that "physician participation... is a departure from the ethics of the medical profession," threatening to revoke doctors' licenses if they assisted in the procedure. As North Carolina law requires the presence of licensed physicians, this halted capital punishment in the state [JURIST report]. A previous attempt [JURIST report] in February to shield doctors from the state medical board stalled in committee [SB 114 bill materials]. The Charlotte Observer has more.
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