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Capital punishment

San Quentin execution chamber

Silicon Valley Elite Backing Anti Death Penalty Proposition

Some 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 Murder

More 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 Challenge

A 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.


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Berkeley State Senator Withdraws Bill To Repeal Death Penalty

Senator 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 Penalty

State Senator Loni Hancock is looking to end the death penalty in California, but victim’s families are irate over the proposed legislation.


The gurney inside the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. (CBS)

Study Considers Cost of California’s Death Penalty

A 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 Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye

California Supreme Court Justice To Tackle Death Penalty Appeal Process

California’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 Penalty

Republican 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.

CBS San Francisco–10/14/2010