Posts Tagged ‘death penalty’

Rose Bird’s ghost will kill CA death penalty

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Rose Bird

Given that Gov. Jerry Brown was just elected to an unprecedented fourth term, it's not surprising an old controversy would come up: the death penalty. As the Los Angeles Times reported, his recent appointments of three liberal justices to the California Supreme Court give "hope" to those on the stat...

Murder victims’ relatives debate Prop. 47

Monday, October 6th, 2014

  At 11 p.m. on July 25, 2005 San Leandro police officer Nels “Dan” Niemi was called to the scene of a disturbance on Doolittle Drive. Niemi stopped Irving Ramirez, of Newark, who had spent the day drinking a bottle of Hennessy cognac to celebrate his 23rd birthday. When Niemi turned...

Support for death penalty drops

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Kashkari death penalty

A new Field Poll shows support for the death penalty dropping to its lowest level in 50 years. The Times reported: After a series of botched executions raised questions about the use of capital punishment across the United States, support for the death penalty in California is nearing an all-time...

Cartoon: CA death penalty

Monday, July 21st, 2014
death penalty, wolverton, cagle, July 21, 2014

Bring Ol’ Sparky back to CA?

Friday, May 23rd, 2014
Green Mile

California hasn't executed anyone in more than 8 years. And just 14 since it was allowed again in 1978. Problems remain with lawsuits concerning the lethal-injection method. And a proposed initiative would shorten death-penalty appeals. But maybe Tennesses has found a way to re-start execution...

Prop. 34 latest attempt to abolish Calif. death penalty

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Oct. 25, 2012 By Dave Roberts On May 1, 1992, Eric Houston, 20, strode into Lindhurst High School in Yuba County with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .22-caliber rifle. He shot and killed a teacher and three students, wounded 10 others and held 80 students hostage before surrendering after police promis...

How To Kill Death-Row Costs

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

John Seiler: I have a lot of problems with the death penalty. It is just to kill the worst criminals, who have removed themselves from civil society because of their murders and other high crimes. But I don't trust the current California or U.S. governments to execute the right people. These govern...

Will Breivik Keep CA Death Penalty Alive?

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

JULY 27, 2011 By WAYNE LUSVARDI Norwegian mass-murderer Anders Behring Breivik poses  a challenge to the proposed ballot initiative to end the California death penalty, regardless of the cost of executions. The initiative didn’t emerge on moral grounds from liberal religious or civil rights or...

Voters Might Get to Kill Death Penalty

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Editor's Note: Some corrections to this article were added after comments from Natasha Minsker, Death Penalty Policy Director of the ACLU of Northern California. JULY 9, 2011 By ALI MEYER If SB 490 becomes law, voters could have a chance to kill the death penalty. In the key section, the b...

How to Save $$ Executing Killers

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

JUNE 22, 2011 State Sen. Lori Hancock, D-Berkeley, said this week that she plans to introduce legislation that would shutter California’s death row. She argues that capital punishment has proven “an expensive failure” and proposes that the sentences of inmates currently facing a date with the...