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California Executions

California's Death-Penalty Regime Ruled Unconstitutional: It Should Have Been Buried More Than 50 Years Ago

Sanford Jay Rosen | Posted 09.23.2014 | Crime
Sanford Jay Rosen

In 1960 the Supreme Court could have kept Caryl Chessman from being executed in San Quentin's death chamber. He was executed more than 11 years after his conviction, following countless state and federal post-conviction proceedings and appeals. Unfortunately, the Supreme Court did not seize that opportunity.

Can You Hear the Death Rattle of Capital Punishment in California?

Burke E. Strunsky | Posted 09.21.2014 | Crime
Burke E. Strunsky

After Judge Carney's decision, I am very concerned that many murder victims' families will soon be dealt another painful blow. If the state retroactively eliminates the death penalty, many grieving people, already robbed of so much, will lose the justice and closure that juries, after a thorough and lengthy review of all the facts, had granted them.

Public Safety, Innocence and Cost: Replacing the Death Penalty is California's Only Viable Option

Byron Williams | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Byron Williams

If any good has come out of California's current economic challenges, it has been that pragmatism may have overtaken emotionalism in our public discourse.

Condemned Man's Last Request: Don't Screw It Up

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robert Weller

A California man convicted of rape and murder 40 years ago has asked that his execution be stopped because the state can't guarantee it will be pain free.