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As Sacramento Dawdles, District Attorneys Revolt

Bill115 Wrote: Jul 30, 2012 11:00 AM
I think that sentencing a criminal to death and then not carrying out the execution would fall under the "Cruel & Unusual Punishment" argument. The convicted would have no idea how long it would take to carry out the sentence, thus causing mental anguish. We have a convicted murderer in Oregon who wants to be executed, but the Governor (John Kitzhaber, a Physician by trade) placed a moratorium on executions upon being elected.

California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work.

Brown and Harris are personally opposed to the death penalty, but when they campaigned...