Judge Rules In Favor of Current Death Penalty Ballot Language
Friday, August 10, 2012
Aired 8/10/12 on KPBS News.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that much of the ballot language on California’s Proposition 34 will remain the same.
A Sacramento Superior Court judge has ruled that much of the ballot language on California’s Proposition 34 will remain the same. The November ballot measure would repeal the death penalty in California.
Judge Timothy Frawley said the ballot’s title and summary written by the state’s attorney general is not misleading. Sacramento District Attorney Jan Scully and the state prosecutors’ association had challenged the wording.
“There were other assertions by the proponents in their ballot arguments that the judge labeled as hyperbole and as opinion. Translation - their assertions are exaggerated claims or opinions. Unfortunately our laws allow for that,” commented Scully.
Proponents of repealing California’s death penalty said they are very pleased that the judge’s ruling keeps the language intact.
Only one word on the ballot will be changed as a result of the ruling.