Death penalty

California Court To Rule If Death Penalty Delays Constitute Cruel, Unusual PunishmentThe 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.
Supreme Court Upholds Drug Used In Botched Executions; California Not AffectedThe 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.
Death Penalty Sought In Case Against Stockton Bank Robbery Suspect Who Used Hostage As Human ShieldProsecutors 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.
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Sentenced To Death In Boston Marathon BombingsJurors 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.
Attorney General Harris Files Papers Defending Death Penalty's Constitutionality In CaliforniaCalifornia’s attorney general has filed court papers defending the constitutionality of the state’s death penalty.
Weekend Magazine With Liz Saint John November 23, 2014
CA Attorney General Kamala Harris To Appeal Ruling That Declared Death Penalty UnconstitutionalHarris 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.
Brisbane Man Pleads Not Guilty To Murder Of Woman On San Bruno Mountain 25 Years AgoA 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.
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 .
California Death Penalty Ruled UnconstitutionalA federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional.
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.
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.