Capital punishment

Ninth Circuit Judge In San Francisco Calls For Death By Firing Squad, Rather Than Lethal InjectionChief Judge Alex Kozinski of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said properly trained firing squads are a "foolproof" way to quickly execute an inmate .
Court Appearance By Man Accused of Murdering Sierra LaMar Draws Supporters of Victim’s FamilyVolunteers who have spent countless hours searching, without success, for Morgan Hill teenager Sierra LaMar filled a San Jose courtroom Friday to show support for her family as the man accused of murdering her suspect made his first court appearance since prosecutors announced they would seek the death penalty.
Silicon Valley Elite Backing Anti Death Penalty PropositionSome of the more high-profile members of Silicon Valley's social and financial scenes are writing big checks in support of the proposition that would abolish capital punishment in California, dwarfing the opposition's fundraising in the process.
November Vote Appears Likely On Future Of California Executions Opponents of capital punishment announced Thursday that they have gathered nearly 800,000 signatures for a November ballot initiative that would repeal the death penalty in California and replace it with life in prison without parole.
California Attitudes Shift On Death Penalty For 1st Degree MurderMore than two-thirds of California voters favor keeping the death penalty despite a growing preference for life without parole for certain crimes, a new survey shows.
New SF Judge To Review California Death Penalty ChallengeA long-running challenge to California’s death penalty procedures that has resulted in executions being put on hold for five years has been assigned to a new federal judge in San Francisco.
Berkeley State Senator Withdraws Bill To Repeal Death PenaltySenator Loni Hancock on Thursday withdrew her bill to replace the death penalty with prison without the possibility of parole before the legislation could come up for a vote.
Berkeley Senator Drafts Bill To Abolish Death PenaltyState Senator Loni Hancock is looking to end the death penalty in California, but victim's families are irate over the proposed legislation.
Study Considers Cost of California's Death PenaltyA report released Monday tallies the cost of carrying out an execution in California, suggesting that the financial impact to California taxpayers since capital punishment was reinstated in the state is in the neighborhood $4 billion.
California Supreme Court Justice To Tackle Death Penalty Appeal ProcessCalifornia’s new chief justice said the decade or more it takes a typical death penalty appeal to make its way through California courts is too long and too expensive, but stopped short of saying how the process might be reformed.
Whitman TV Ad Misrepresents Brown On Death PenaltyRepublican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman is airing a campaign ad that attacks Jerry Brown's opposition to the death penalty but is misleading because of what it omits.