U.S. appeals court rejects challenge to California death penalty

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Posted: Nov 12, 2015 1:10 PM

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Thursday rejected a constitutional challenge to the death penalty in California, overturning a lower court ruling that had found the system too arbitrary.

A California prisoner had argued that long delays in the judicial process surrounding the death penalty in California made the death penalty arbitrary and unconstitutional.

However, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco on Thursday said the prisoner's constitutional claim was too novel and must be denied.

(Reporting by Dan Levine; Editing by Bernadette Baum)