California Supreme Court Hears Case That Could Impact Future Of Death PenaltyThe California Supreme Court began hearing arguments Wednesday in the death penalty appeal of Donte McDaniel, a case that legal experts say could impact the future of capital punishment in the state.
UPDATE: Stanislaus County DA Drops Death Penalty Retrial for Scott PetersonThe Stanislaus County District Attorney will not attempt to retry the penalty phase of Scott Peterson's trial seeking the death penalty, according to court documents filed on Friday.
Death Penalty Overturned For California Mom Who Killed Her 4 DaughtersThe California Supreme Court on Monday reversed the death penalty for a woman who killed her four young daughters and tried to kill her son by setting their house on fire 23 years ago.
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.
Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen Will No Longer Seek Death Sentences Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday several enforcement changes within his department including no longer seeking the death sentence in capital murder cases and undertaking "robust investigation and prosecution of criminal (police) officer misconduct."
Fifth San Quentin Death Row Inmate Dies During Prison COVID-19 OutbreakWhile California has not executed a death row inmate since 2006, an out-of-control COVID-19 outbreak at San Quentin State Prison may have contributed to the death of a fifth condemned inmate on Saturday.
Family Of Brutally Murdered Portrero Hill Man Pleads To Keep Killer Without ParoleA man convicted of a heinous murder more than 40 years ago will soon be eligible for parole. But the victim’s family says the mere possibility that could happen is a miscarriage of justice that has victimized the family for decades.
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.
California Supreme Court Judge Blasts Death Penalty SystemA California Supreme Court justice says the death penalty system in the nation's most populous state is dysfunctional, expensive and doesn't deliver justice in a timely way.
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.
Gov. Newsom Calls Death Penalty 'A Failure'; Halts State ExecutionsThe clock stopped ticking Wednesday for more than 730 inmates housed on San Quentin's Death Row including Scott Peterson, Richard Allen Davis and Cary Stayner after Gov. Gavin Newsom officially signed a moratorium on executions.
PHOTOS: Bay Area Inmates On Death Row At San Quentin State PrisonThere are currently 737 inmates on the state's death row, the nation's largest. Among the condemned inmates, here are some of the Bay Area's notorious killers.
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.
Gov. Newsom To Sign Order Halting Death PenaltyCalifornia governor Gavin Newsom will sign an executive order placing a moratorium on the state's use of the death penalty on Wednesday morning. The order will reprieve all individuals sentenced to death in California.
BART Fatal Stabbing Suspect Could Face Death PenaltyProsecutors have added a special circumstance allegation of lying in wait to the murder charge that a 27-year-old transient faces for the fatal stabbing of 18-year-old Nia Wilson at the MacArthur BART station last month.