Priest in front of crowd at Catholic Mass in Raleigh, NC, yesterday to four children receiving first communion: "Tell me something you can do that will show people that you are Christian." Michael Rider-O’Neill, age 7: "Protest!" [crowd laughter] Priest: "Oh, yes, we can protest. That is one thing we can do. Why do you want to protest?" Michael: "Because they are killing people in the prison."
Group to Censure Physicians Who Play Role in Lethal Injections
By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer
A national physicians organization has quietly decided to revoke the certification of any member who participates in executing a prisoner by lethal injection.
RALEIGH Because of a juror's unwavering voice, Samuel J. Cooper was spared the death penalty and will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for killing five men.
Most of the jurors in the Wake County Superior Court trial thought early on that Cooper, 33, should get lethal injection, jurors said. After three days of arduous deliberation, the jury was swayed to recommend unanimously a sentence of life without parole.