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October 5, 2006

Regulating executions in California

This Los Angeles Times article, entitled "The Chaos Behind California Executions," provides highlights from the four days of hearings last week in federal district court concerning California's lethal injections protocol.  And now, thanks to Boalt Law School's great death penalty clinic website, you can access the elaborate follow-up questions that Judge Fogel has asked the parties in this Request for Briefing.

One almost needs a medical degree to fully appreciate the many questions Judge Fogel is asking about California's execution protocol.  As a result, I cannot help but again wonder, as I have before in this post and this article, why the examination and regulation of California's execution processes is unfolding in a federal district court rather than in the state legislature.

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