Prop. 66, which speeds up state death penalty process, is challenged in CA Supreme Court

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On Tuesday, the California Supreme Court heard arguments over whether a voter-approved initiative passed last November to speed up the death penalty process is constitutional. Proposition 66, a ballot initiative titled “Death Penalty Procedures Initiatives Statutes,” expedites the death penalty process by setting a five-year deadline for death penalty appeals
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Death penalty not warranted for Darnell Williams Jr.

Earlier this month, an Alameda County jury recommended the death sentence after finding Darnell Williams Jr. guilty for two counts of first-degree murder. This is the only case that Nancy O’Malley, the current Alameda County District Attorney, has pursued since she took office in 2011. In 2013, Williams Jr. shot
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A Matter of Life and Death

Only a bulletproof glass window stands between Werner Herzog and Michael Perry, a 28-year-old death row inmate executed eight days after their interview. But Herzog, perhaps the most humane and methodical filmmaker of our time, is able to break the glass, to penetrate into the soul of a man who
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Senator to introduce bill to ban death penalty

State Senator Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, plans to introduce a bill next week that would ban the death penalty in the state of California. If passed by the state Legislature, the bill would place the issue on the November 2012 ballot. If subsequently approved by voters, it would replace the existing
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