Tag: death row

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…