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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

San Quentin execution chamber, death penalty, lethal injection

California Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled California’s death penalty unconstitutional.

07/16/2014

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

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Analysis: The Paradox Of Humanely Conducting Death Penalty Executions

KCBS interviews Stanford Law Professeor Robert Weisberg who says the death penalty is highly paradoxical since the U.S. allows executions, but then says it should be done humanely.

04/30/2014

Alaysha Carradine

D.A. Seeks Death Penalty For Man Accused Of Fatally Shooting Girl At Sleepover In Oakland

The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday that it will seek the death penalty for the man accused of fatally shooting an 8-year-old girl during a sleepover at an East Oakland home last July.

04/17/2014

San Quentin State Prison

California Voters May Soon Decide On Death Penalty Changes

Three former California governors announced a proposed ballot initiative Thursday designed to speed up the state’s lengthy death penalty process.

02/13/2014

Joseph Naso (Washoe County, NV Sheriff's Office)

Serial Killer Naso Ordered To Pay $171K For Assistance In Defense

Marin County Superior Court Judge James T. Chou ordered convicted serial killer Joseph Naso to pay the county nearly $171,000 for expenses incurred during his murder trial this year.

12/13/2013

Joseph Naso. (CBS)

Jury Recomends Death For Convicted ‘Double Initial’ Serial Killer Joseph Naso

A Marin County Superior Court jury has recommended death for a 79-year-old former photographer convicted in the decades-old murders of four women in what became known as the ‘double initial’ serial killings.

09/17/2013

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

Death Sentence Upheld For Former Millbrae Cop Who Killed 6

A federal appeals court has upheld the death sentence for a former Bay Area policeman who killed six people in 1983.

08/07/2013

San Quentin execution chamber

Gov. Brown Drops Appeal Of 3-Drug Execution Method

California prison officials say they won’t appeal to the state Supreme Court a ruling invalidating the state’s three-drug cocktail means of execution.

07/10/2013

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