[Pnews] Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty
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Wed Jul 16 15:52:56 EDT 2014
Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty
The Huffington Post | By Mollie Reilly
Posted: 07/16/2014 3:10 pm EDT Updated: 3 minutes ago
A federal judge has ruled that California's death
penalty system is unconstitutional.
U.S. District Court
Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order
Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the
Constitution's 8th Amendment.
"California's death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and
unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out
against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death," Carney writes.
"For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a
sentence of life imprisonment
with the remote possibility of death -- a sentence no rational
legislature or jury could ever impose."
Carney continues: "Inordinate and unpredictable delay... has resulted in
a system in which arbitrary factors, rather than legitimate ones like
the nature of the crime or the date of the death sentence, determine
whether an individual will actually be executed. And it has resulted in
a system that serves no penological purpose. Such a system is
The ruling also vacated petitioner Ernest Dwayne Jones' death sentence.
Jones was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death in
was ruled unconstitutional
by the state's Supreme Court in 1976, but was reinstated by the state
legislature the following year. Since then, 13 inmates
been executed in California, most recently Clarence Ray Allen
<http://www.cbsnews.com/news/clarence-allen-76-executed/> in 2006. An
analysis by the Los Angeles Times
found that the state spent $308 million on each execution.
Read the order below:
Jones vs. Chappell <http://www.scribd.com/doc/234138113/Jones-vs-Chappell>
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