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California Court To Rule If Death Penalty Delays Constitute Cruel, Unusual Punishment

The question a federal appeals court will consider Monday is whether years of unpredictable delays from conviction to execution resulted in an arbitrary and unfair system that violates the Constitution’s Eighth Amendment barring cruel and unusual punishment.

08/31/2015

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Supreme Court Upholds Drug Used In Botched Executions; California Not Affected

The Supreme Court has upheld the use of a controversial drug that has been implicated in several botched executions, but California is not affected since it doesn’t use the drug in its lethal injection cocktail.

06/29/2015

A suspect's vehicle riddled with bullets after a shootout following a bank robbery and police chase in Stockton Wednesday. (CBS)

Death Penalty Sought In Case Against Stockton Bank Robbery Suspect Who Used Hostage As Human Shield

Prosecutors say they’re seeking a death sentence against a California man charged with killing a bank robbery hostage used as a human shield in a shootout with police.

06/08/2015

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in federal court, April 8, 2015. (Sketch credit: Jane Rosenberg)

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death In Boston Marathon Bombings

Jurors in the trial of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev reached a verdict Friday afternoon as they try to determine if he should be sentenced to life in prison or executed.

05/15/2015

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Attorney General Harris Files Papers Defending Death Penalty’s Constitutionality In California

California’s attorney general has filed court papers defending the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty.

12/01/2014

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Weekend Magazine With Liz Saint John November 23, 2014

Liz Saint John interviews three guests every Sunday morning covering a variety of issues and topics. She talks with representatives from Bay Area non-profit organizations, documentary filmmakers, authors, and professors. 1. Bryan Stevenson, Founder and […]

11/21/2014

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CA Attorney General Kamala Harris To Appeal Ruling That Declared Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Harris calls the decision a “flawed ruling” and said she will ask the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the decision by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney.

08/21/2014

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Brisbane Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Of Woman On San Bruno Mountain 25 Years Ago

A man facing the death penalty for allegedly killing and sexually assaulting a woman 25 years ago has pleaded not guilty in San Mateo County Superior Court.

08/02/2014

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

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California Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

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

07/16/2014

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