Where Does California’s Death Penalty Stand?
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Spotlight On California's Death Penalty
Alex Simpson, California Innocence Project, California Western School of Law
Dan Eaton, constitutional law attorney, Seltzer, Caplan, McMahon & Vitek
The acceptance of a San Diego case for review by the U.S. Supreme Court has inadvertently put the spotlight once again on the death penalty in California. The high court will review a ruling by the 9th circuit Court of Appeals that overturned the conviction of Hector Ayala. He was found guilty of a 1985 triple murder in San Diego and sentenced to death. The appeals court said the absence of black and Hispanic jurors was possibly race-based.
And the larger issue of the legality of California's death penalty is also in litigation. California's attorney general, Kamala Harris, is appealing a ruling that found long delays make the state's capital punishment law unconstitutional.
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