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August 3, 2016

"It's Silicon Valley vs. law enforcement on California death penalty"

The title of this post is the title of this local press report on the alignment of various participants in the debate over the future of the death penalty in California, where voters will be considering reform initiatives this fall.  Here are the details:

Two competing November ballot measures that aim to abolish or expedite California’s long-dormant death penalty each raised more than $3 million through the first half of the year, according to state campaign finance records, and largely drew their funding from a narrow group of major donors: Silicon Valley executives and law enforcement unions.

Proposition 62, which would replace capital punishment with life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, led its rival campaign with nearly $4.1 million raised through June 30, filings show. Proponents argue that executions are costly, inhumane and bound to kill wrongly convicted people.

The dozen top contributors, each of whom gave at least $50,000, are nearly all affiliated with the technology industry in the Bay Area. They include Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, venture capitalist John O’Farrell, and data management company Integrated Archive Systems, which was founded by major Democratic donor Amy Rao. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Nicholas McKeown, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Stanford University who has started several technology companies, have each given $1 million to the effort so far. Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and Y Combinator CEO Paul Graham both put in $500,000.

Supporters of Proposition 66, an initiative to speed up the death penalty by putting the California Supreme Court in charge of a revised appeals process with strict time limits, raised almost $3.5 million through June 30, according to financial records. It currently can take decades for a death row inmate to exhaust their appeals, though California has not executed anyone since 2006 because of legal challenges to its lethal drug cocktail.

Nearly 80 law enforcement groups have given to the campaign, led by the California Correctional Peace Officers Association with $325,000, the Peace Officers Research Association of California with $305,000, the California Association of Highway Patrolmen with $250,000 and the Los Angeles Police Protective League with $225,000. Among the largest contributors, twenty of whom have donated more than $50,000 to the campaign, are a handful of individuals, including former Los Angeles Mayor Richard J. Riordan, Orange County businessman Henry T. Nicholas III, and A. Jerrold Perenchio, the former CEO of Univision....

California voters last weighed in on capital punishment in 2012, when another initiative to repeal the death penalty narrowly failed. A January Field Poll showed an even split, with 48 percent of respondents supporting speeding up the process and 47 percent favoring abolishing it. If both Proposition 62 and Proposition 66 pass in November, whichever has a higher number of votes will become law.

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Posted by: Joe | Aug 3, 2016 2:14:29 PM

I doubt it can be mended •

My Modest Solution* is somewhat harsher than J. Swift’s Modest Proposal , but it would tend to reduce inappropriate executions •

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I tried to run my solution by Stephen King , but he fainted •
When he recovered „ he refused to speak to me ☺ ‼

Posted by: My friend Docile „ the Nemo Me ♠ Impune Lacessit ♂ & Kind Soul | Aug 3, 2016 6:01:29 PM

The prison guard union is at it again. There is something even sicker about such an extreme premeditation to kill. The three-strikes law sponsor is the correctional officers' union and that is sick!" [Justice] Kennedy said of the measure mandating life sentences for third-time criminal offenders.

Posted by: George | Aug 5, 2016 5:17:14 AM

The prison guard union is at it again. There is something even sicker about such an extreme premeditation to kill. The three-strikes law sponsor is the correctional officers' union and that is sick!" [Justice] Kennedy said of the measure mandating life sentences for third-time criminal offenders.

Posted by: George | Aug 5, 2016 5:17:14 AM

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