SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The moratorium on California’s death penalty will likely extend into 2013.

Government lawyers on Wednesday agreed to resume their court battle with inmate lawyers no earlier than September, which will push back any scheduled executions into 2013 because of the time it takes a judge to rule and the expected appeals by the losers.

A federal judge halted executions nearly six years ago after finding flaws in California’s executions process. Prison officials have since revised their procedures, which death row inmates allege are still flawed and exposing them to cruel and unusual punishment.

Another judge in Marin County is scheduled to hear arguments Friday over whether prison officials followed proper procedures in revising the lethal injection process. There are 720 inmates on California’s death row.

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Comments (5)
  1. czar says:

    Why even call it Death Row. How about call it live here for free while you watch tax payers like you parents die before you do because there is no aid for them but you still get fed 3 times a day and you get to shower. What flaw? The flaw is their crimes need to be paid for by them with their life as stated by the Court!

  2. craig says:

    Just give them a big dose of heroin. Everybody’s happy.

  3. David Legnosky says:

    I’m sick and tired of supporting these criminals. The courts and their peers sentenced them to die. Just get it done already! If we can’t inject them, shoot them! That’s probably how they got there in the first place!

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