Tag: death penalty
Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to challenge finding that execution delays violate Eighth Amendment.
Ruling declares system ‘dysfunctional’ and vacates a death sentence imposed nearly 20 years ago.
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PG&E called pipes safe without proof (SF Chronicle) Pacific Gas and Electric Co. declared 4 1/2 miles of at-risk natural-gas pipelines in the East Bay and San Jose safe without proof of having carried out the federally mandated inspections needed to ensure the lines were in good shape, company officials said Monday. PG&E officials told […]
A tale of two DA’s: George Gascon, Steve Cooley. One is a San Francisco Democrat, the other an LA Republican. Cooley lost the 2010 California Attorney General race to Kamala Harris, whom Gascon then replaced as San Francisco’s District Attorney. Now, here are the two criminal justice officials together, interviewed by Scott Shafer, discussing their […]
Gov. Jerry Brown has quietly ordered the State Department of Corrections on Thursday to begin considering new protocols, including a lethal injection with just one drug, which would allow the resumption of capital punishment. The order was alluded to in a notice of appeal Thursday by Attorney General Kamala Harris. The state is appealing a […]
This morning The California Report’s Scott Shafer reported on the attempt to end the death penalty in the state through a voter initiative. Last month we posted his full interview with Jeanne Woodford, the former San Quentin warden who presided over four executions but is now a vocal opponent of capital punishment and a leading […]
Former San Quentin warden Jeanne Woodford, who presided over four executions during her tenure, is now a vocal opponent of capital punishment and the executive director of Death Penalty Focus. She and other anti-death penalty groups and individuals are pushing the SAFE California Act, a ballot initiative that would eliminate executions, leaving life-without-parole as the […]
The California Assembly Public Safety Committee is holding a hearing on SB 490, East Bay State Senator Loni Hancock’s bill to abolish the death penalty in California. WATCH LIVE HERE (Update 12:55 p.m. The hearing is over. The California Channel provides an archive here.) You can read the bill here. Many of the arguments currently […]
Judge Jeremy Fogel toured San Quentin’s revamped death chamber today in a fact-finding trip meant to help him determine whether to re-start executions by the state. Fogel halted executions in 2006, on grounds that the procedure, as implemented by the state, violated the constitutional prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Among the problems the judge […]