Tag: death penalty

Initiative to Speed Executions Upheld

The California voter-approved measure intended to speed up executions survived a state Supreme Court challenge Thursday but the court rejected the mandatory five-year deadline for resolving capital appeals. The California Supreme Court, by a 5-2 vote, upheld the key provisions…

Appeal Over Execution Delays Dies

A California deathrow inmate has lost a constitutional challenge arguing the decades that it takes to resolve capital appeals amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Ernest DeWayne Jones, who raped and murdered his girlfriend’s mother in 1995, challenged the long…

Death Penalty Delays Reviewed

What was to be a major challenge to the constitutionality of the decade-long delays in carrying out California’s death penalty turned into a procedural quagmire for a federal appeals court. In arguments before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals…

Three Death Sentences Upheld

California Supreme Court upheld the death sentences for three members of the “Bryant Family” drug gang in Los Angeles in a quadruple murder, including the shooting of a woman and her 2-year-old daughter to eliminate potential witnesses. The court’s unanimous…

Death Penalty Struck Down

A federal judge in Los Angeles declared California’s death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday for its arbitrary and unpredictable delays in violation of protections against cruel and unusual punishment. U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney vacated the death sentence of Ernest Dwayne Jones…