Gov. Newsom Tells State's High Court Death Sentences Are 'Infected By Racism'California’s process for imposing the death penalty “is now, and always has been, infected by racism,” Gov. Gavin Newsom declared Monday in a brief filed with the state Supreme Court.
Condemned Cold Case Killer John Abel Dies At HospitalCondemned Inmate John Abel, sentenced to San Quentin's death row after evidence linked him to a 1992 Orange County slaying, has died at a local hospital, prison officials announced Saturday.
Controversial San Quentin Death Row Inmate Transfers Set To Begin When voters passed Prop. 66 in 2016 most believed the measure would speed up state executions, they never thought it would lead to condemned prisoners being allowed to request a transfer off San Quentin's Death Row.
Death Row Hatchet Murderer Of Elderly Central Valley Couple Dies At HospitalA handyman convicted in the hatchet murders of an elderly couple who employed him and who was sent to San Quentin's death row has died at an outside hospital early Wednesday morning.
Victims' Parents Urge Gov. Newsom To Stop Death Penalty ReprieveParents of Californians murdered by people now on death row launched a statewide tour to urge Gov. Gavin Newsom to reverse his moratorium on executions.
Harris Calls For Federal Moratorium On Executions In Wake Of Newsom's OrderDemocratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris said Thursday that there should be a federal moratorium on executions.
PHOTOS: Work Crew Dismantles San Quentin's Death ChamberIt was a simple sentence posted on the door to San Quentin Prison's death chamber, but its impact sparked a debate across California and the nation.
Infamous Southern California Serial Killer Found Dead At San QuentinA former U.S. Marine who was convicted and sentenced to death for the murders of five Southern California women in the 1980s and 1990s by an Orange County jury in October was discovered dead in his cell at San Quentin.
Feinstein Drops Support For Death Penalty"It became crystal clear to me that the risk of unequal application is high and its effect on deterrence is low," the senator said.
California Court Asked To Reconsider Death Penalty RulingOpponents of a voter-approved measure to speed up executions in California are asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling upholding the law.
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 .
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.
Silicon Valley Elite Backing Anti Death Penalty PropositionSome 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.
November Vote Appears Likely On Future Of California Executions Opponents of capital punishment announced Thursday that they have gathered nearly 800,000 signatures for a November ballot initiative that would repeal the death penalty in California and replace it with life in prison without parole.
California Attitudes Shift On Death Penalty For 1st Degree MurderMore than two-thirds of California voters favor keeping the death penalty despite a growing preference for life without parole for certain crimes, a new survey shows.