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February 16, 2006

California death penalty headlines

As detailed in this Los Angeles Times article, California is responding to the recent federal court ruling about its lethal injection protocol in the scheduled execution of Michael Morales (details here) by having "an anesthesiologist to monitor Morales' level of consciousness while the three-chemical potion is delivered into his veins."  More coverage ot this development can be found in the San Jose Mercury NewsIn related news, detailed in this AP story, the California Supreme Court yesterday rejected one of Morales' claims seeking to halt his execution.

Meanwhile, the clemency ugliness in the Morales case (background here and here) also continues to make headlines: this morning brings this story in the San Francisco Chronicle focused on Ken Starr's role in "a bizarre sequence of events in which documents submitted to Schwarzenegger supporting clemency for Morales were apparently forged."

February 16, 2006 at 08:01 AM | Permalink


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