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New capital punishment plan sharpens CA execution fight

Obliged by a court settlement to figure out a new method of capital punishment, California officials have exacerbated the state’s protracted debate over executions by settling on a different kind of lethal injection. With a widespread shortage of execution drugs

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CA faces dueling death penalty initiatives

Activists on both sides of the death penalty debate were poised for an election day clash, with one group pushing a ban on the practice while the other hoped to speed it up. A new coalition The first group, Taxpayers

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Court won’t sink CA death penalty

Its fate long in doubt, the death penalty gained a new lease on life in California, driving opponents to muster support for a ballot initiative that would eliminate it once and for all. The turnaround arose from an unlikely place

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CA death penalty goes on trial

California’s practice of capital punishment has landed on a death row of its own. “The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hold a hearing in Pasadena on a lower-court decision that found California’s death penalty system unconstitutional and

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Pointless death-penalty ruling 6

As I noted in my blog last week, “Rose Bird’s ghost will kill death penalty,” there aren’t going to be any more executions in California. Future Gov. Jerry Brown appointments to the California Supreme Court will prevent that. So this

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Rose Bird’s ghost will kill CA death penalty

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

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Murder victims’ relatives debate Prop. 47

  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

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Support for death penalty drops

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

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Bring Ol’ Sparky back to CA?

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

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