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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Federal Judge Rules California's Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Posted by on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 1:39 PM

San Francisco Chronicle:

A federal judge declared California's death penalty unconstitutional Wednesday, saying delays of 25 years or more in deciding appeals and carrying out occasional executions have created an arbitrary and irrational system that serves no legitimate purpose.
This is actually one argument against the death penalty I haven't heard before (the others usually revolve around the ethics and utility of killing as state-sanctioned punishment, racial bias, and instances of exoneration subsequent to executions).

But it sure is snappy. Read the full ruling by Judge Cormac Carney here.


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Dr. Z 1
High time, too.
Posted by Dr. Z on July 16, 2014 at 1:53 PM · Report this
It's a pretty common argument against the death penalty. When the Supreme Court suspended capital punishment in 1972, that's one of the reasons they gave.
Posted by MRM on July 16, 2014 at 2:51 PM · Report this
So I guess it's illegal to live in Ramparts now?
Posted by neo-realist on July 16, 2014 at 2:53 PM · Report this
treacle 4
That is some good news!
Posted by treacle on July 16, 2014 at 2:54 PM · Report this
Being a pro-death penalty guy, I wholeheartedly agree that 25 years is far too long to kill a violent criminal.
Posted by CPN on July 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 7
when's the last time they killed someone, anyway?
Posted by Max Solomon on July 16, 2014 at 4:01 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 8
But what about my revenge-fueled blood lust?
Posted by Urgutha Forka on July 16, 2014 at 5:08 PM · Report this
venomlash 10
@9: Thank you PRC.
Posted by venomlash on July 17, 2014 at 11:55 AM · Report this

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