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Attempt To End Death Penalty In California Rejected

An attempt to replace the death penalty with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole was defeated by California voters.

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Proposition 34

Above: Current results for the Proposition 34 race. Hover over the chart sections to view more information.

Proposition 34 was being rejected by a margin of 53.4 percent to 46.6 percent with vote-by-mail ballots and 78.5 percent of the state's precincts partially or fully counted, according to figures released early today by the Secretary of State's Office.

Proposition 34 would have applied retroactively to inmates sentenced to death and required convicted killers to work while imprisoned, with their wages applied to any victim restitution fines or orders against them.

Passage of Proposition 34 would have resulted in net savings to the state and counties in "the high tens of millions of dollars annually on a statewide basis," according to an analysis prepared by Legislative Analyst Mac Taylor and Director of Finance Ana J. Matosantos.

The measure would have set aside $100 million in savings for DNA testing and fingerprint analysis in an attempt to help solve more homicide and rape cases.

California's death penalty law was reinstated by the Legislature in 1977 over the veto of Gov. Jerry Brown and amended by voters in 1978. It has resulted in 13 executions, the most recent in 2006.

Meanwhile, Proposition 35, which enhances penalties for those convicted of se-trafficking crimes, passed easily with nearly 80 percent of the vote statewide.

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Avatar for user 'dudleysharp'

dudleysharp | November 7, 2012 at 9:31 a.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

PROP. 34: The Truth Will Kill It . . . and it did.
Dudley Sharp

An honest discussion about Prop 34 would result in its overwhelming defeat.

COSTS

Are the cost claims made by the pro Prop 34 folks reliable (1)? No.

The ACLU cost review was easily destroyed (1) and Mitchell and Alarcon, of the $4 billion study infamy, refuse to share their database (1), which we can presume has problems and, therefore, no one can, responsibly, depend upon that review.

Is it possibly that life without parole (LWOP) may cost more than the death penalty? Yes (1).

Is it required that California citizens allow their representatives to be so irresponsible with both their state budget and death penalty management? Of course not.

Virginia has executed 75% of those sentenced to death and has done so within 7.1 years, on average.

All states, inclusive of California, could implement similar protocols and save money over LWOP.


INNOCENTS MORE PROTECTED WITH THE DEATH PENALTY

Is it true that innocents are better protected by a death penalty protocol? Yes, in three different ways (2). Innocents are more at risk without the death penalty (2).


PROP. 34: UNPRINCIPLED? APPARENTLY.

Ask the media (or insert any industry) this question.

How principled are you?

If you had a group of corrupt people, who only wanted to shut down the media, by sabotaging the media, would you say, OK, shut down all media?

Or would you say, let's clean it up, get you bad folks out of the picture, and make it work?

A vote for Prop 34 is a vote for folks who have intentionally obstructed justice in these cases, meaning anti death penalty legislators, the defense bar and judges who have made the death penalty so irresponsible and who are the same folks telling us to reward them by giving them what they have been working for, based upon the horrible system they have engineered.

A better idea.

How about demanding a responsible system, such as Virginia's, whereby 75% of those sentenced to death have been executed within 7.1 years, on average - a system similar to what Ca should have, if responsible folks were in charge.

Calif has executed 1.4% of those sentenced because such mismanagement is what such obstructionists (read Prop 34) had in mind.

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Avatar for user 'Missionaccomplished'

Missionaccomplished | November 7, 2012 at 11:28 a.m. ― 1 year, 10 months ago

"Capital punishment is the most premeditated of murders." --- Albert Camus

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