Tuesday, November 20, 2012

California prosecutors want executions

California prosecutors want to proceed with 14 executions citing Proposition 34's resounding defeat.  Proposition 34 sought to ban the death penalty. Fifty-three percent of the California electorate voted to continue with the death penalty on Nov. 6.

Although 14 death row inmates have exhausted their appeal rights there is still legal haggling over lethal injection.

Prosecutors are calling for an end-run around the legal hang ups, calling for the scrapping of the three-drug lethal injection at the center of the litigation and replacing it with a single-drug execution, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Six other states have already abandoned the three-drug process and adopted the single-drug execution.

In recent months, Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley and San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe have formally asked local judges for death warrants for three death row inmates and an order to execute them with a single, lethal dose of pentobarbital, a drug previously used to euthanize animals, reported the Bee.
To read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/11/17/4993482/cal-prosecutors-seek-to-jump-start.html#storylink=cpy

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