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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"Federal judge strikes down California death penalty"

Jurist has the story:

A judge for the US District Court for the Central District of California [official website] on Wednesday struck down [order] California's death penalty, finding that it violates the Eighth Amendment [text] to the US Constitution. US District Judge Cormac Carney ruled on a petition by death row inmate Ernest Dewayne Jones, who was sentenced to death in 1995. Carney found that the lengthy delays create uncertainty for death row inmates, amounting to cruel and unusual punishment.

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