Death row

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

Voters Reject California Death Penalty Repeal

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.

11/07/2012

San Quentin execution chamber

Anti-Death Penalty Proposition 34 Failing At The Polls

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.

11/06/2012

San Quentin execution chamber

Proposition 34 Supporters Say Death Penalty Too Costly In Cash-Strapped State

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.

11/01/2012

San Quentin execution chamber

3 Ex-California Governors Oppose Death Penalty Repeal

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.

10/30/2012

San Quentin execution chamber

Poll Finds California Voters Split Over Repealing Death Penalty

A new Field Poll shows California voters split over a November ballot initiative seeking to repeal the death penalty.

09/25/2012

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

San Quentin execution chamber

High Court Overturns Death Penalty In 1983 San Jose Murders

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.

08/28/2012

San Quentin execution chamber, (inset) Scott Peterson (CBS/CDCR)

Death Penalty Tossed In ’83 Double Murder; Ruling May Affect Peterson Case

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.

07/16/2012

Death Penalty Sought For Oakland Triple-Murderer

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.

07/09/2012

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is escorted by two San Mateo County Sheriff deputies as he is walked from the jail to an awaiting van March 17, 2005 (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Scott Peterson Files Appeal Of Death Sentence From San Quentin

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.

07/06/2012

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