Ninth Circuit upholds California’s lengthy death penalty system

The Ninth Cir­cuit re­versed a fed­er­al judge’s rul­ing that Cali­for­nia’s cap­it­al pun­ish­ment sys­tem is un­con­sti­tu­tion­al be­cause ap­peals take dec­ades and so few con­demned pris­on­ers are ever ac­tu­ally killed. The pan­el wrote, in part, “we con­clude that Pe­ti­tion­er’s claim asks us to ap­ply a nov­el con­sti­tu­tion­al rule, we must deny…”