3 lawmakers join death row fray
Sens. Loni Hancock and Mark Leno, and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner on Friday filed a brief in federal appeals court arguing that long delays in California’s handling of Death Row appeals “is so broken that the Legislature, despite its efforts, has been unable to fix it.”
They contend “such a system serves no penological purpose, and it violates the Eighth Amendment·s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment.
Sources: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit