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June 1, 2007

The latest on California's lethal injection litigation

This AP story provides the lastest news concerning California's efforts to convince a federal judge it should be allowed to get back into the business of conducting executions.  Here are snippets:

A federal judge said Friday that if California completes a new execution chamber, he would want to inspect it before deciding whether revised death penalty procedures proposed by the Schwarzenegger administration pass constitutional muster.... The judge's comments were his first on the amended capital punishment plan since the governor's office submitted it on May 15 in hopes of persuading him to lift a 16-month-old moratorium on the death penalty in California....

A lawyer for San Quentin told Fogel the new chamber was about 80 percent done and could be finished within 90 days after the Legislature approves funding for it, estimated at more than $700,000.  The judge tentatively scheduled Oct. 1-2 for the field trip and to hear from lawyers for the state and for Michael Morales, the condemned killer whose challenge to the state's execution methods led to the moratorium.... 

Under the revised protocols, prisoners still would be put to death with a combination of three drugs, the same lethal injection formula Fogel wanted reevaluated when he ruled that the state's execution procedures violated a constitutional ban on cruel and unusual punishment.

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This is getting ridiculous.

Posted by: federalist | Jun 2, 2007 8:24:08 PM

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