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A view of the death chamber from the witness room at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility shows an electric chair and gurney August 29, 2001 in Lucasville, Ohio. (Mike Simons/Getty Images)

Ninth Circuit Judge In San Francisco Calls For Death By Firing Squad, Rather Than Lethal Injection

Chief 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 .

07/24/2014

Antolin Garcia-Torres during a previous court appearance. (CBS)

Court Appearance By Man Accused of Murdering Sierra LaMar Draws Supporters of Victim’s Family

Volunteers 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.

05/23/2014

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.

09/17/2012

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.

03/01/2012

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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.

09/29/2011

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.

09/01/2011

death chamber

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.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–08/26/2011

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.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/25/2011

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.

CONNECT WITH KCBS–06/20/2011

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.

02/03/2011

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