California voters have decided to retain the death penalty for the state’s worst criminals, rejecting the argument that too few death row inmates are executed to justify the cost.
Having tried and failed before to abolish California’s death penalty on moral grounds, capital punishment foes took a new tack this election season: state finances.
Death penalty opponents in California are trying a new argument this year: Abolish capital punishment because the perpetually cash-strapped state just can’t afford it.
Three former California governors joined prosecutors and families of murder victims Tuesday to urge voters to reject a ballot proposal next week that would abolish the state’s death penalty.
A new Field Poll shows California voters split over a November ballot initiative seeking to repeal the death penalty.
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.
The California Supreme Court on Monday overturned the death penalty of a Palo Alto man who was convicted of murdering a San Jose jewelry store owner and his brother 29 years ago.
The California Supreme Court on Monday tossed out the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering rock guitarist Dave Navarro’s mother and her friend nearly 30 years ago – a ruling that could affect the cases of Scott Peterson and other death row inmates.
A prosecutor told jurors Monday that he will ask them to recommend the death penalty for an Oakland man whom they recently convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for killing three people in East Oakland seven years ago and leaving a fourth person seriously wounded.
Scott Peterson on Thursday filed the automatic appeal of his 2004 death sentence to the California Supreme Court, maintaining as he always has that he had nothing to do with the murders of his wife Laci and unborn son Connor.