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Judge Rules In Favor of Current Death Penalty Ballot Language

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.

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ChrisBernstien | August 11, 2012 at 12:59 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

The arguments in support of the ballot measure to abolish the death penalty are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and erroneous. Proposition 34 is being funded primarily by a wealthy, left-wing company out of Chicago, the ACLU, and similarly-oriented trust funds. It includes provisions that would only make our prisons less safe for both other prisoners and prison officials and significantly increase the costs to taxpayers due to life-time medical costs, the increased security required to coerce former death-row inmates to work, etc. The amount “saved” in order to help fund law enforcement is negligible and only for a short period of time. Bottom line, the “SAFE” Act is an attempt by those who are responsible for the high costs and lack of executions to now persuade voters to abandon it on those grounds. Obviously, these arguments would disappear if the death penalty was carried forth in accordance with the law. Get the facts at and supporting evidence at http://cadeathpenalty.webs.com and http://waiting4justice.org/.

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