Attorney General Kamala Harris to Fight Orange County Federal Judge's Death Penalty Ruling

Categories: Court, Crime-iny

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State of California
"This flawed ruling requires appellate review," Kamala Harris says.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris announced Thursday the state will appeal Santa Ana-based federal Judge Cormac Carney's ruling that found the state's death penalty system is unconstitutional.

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Federal Judge Cormac Carney in Santa Ana Rules Cali Death Penalty is Unconstitutional
Orange County Federal Judge Aided Rapist/Killer's Death Penalty Appeal

"I am appealing the court's decision because it is not supported by the law, and it undermines important protections that our courts provide to defendants," Harris said. "This flawed ruling requires appellate review."

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Judge Cormac J. Carney
In a 29-page ruling overturning the death sentence of a man accused of killing his girlfriend's mother in Los Angeles in 1992, Carney wrote in June that the prisoner is among more than 900 people who have been sentenced to death in California since the current system was adopted by voters here in 1978.

"Of them, only 13 have been executed," noted the George W. Bush appointee to the federal bench. "For the rest, the dysfunctional administration of California's death penalty system has resulted, and will continue to result, in an inordinate and unpredictable period of delay preceding their actual execution. Indeed, for most, systemic delay has made their execution so unlikely that the death sentence carefully and deliberately imposed by the jury has been quietly transformed into one no rational jury or legislature could ever impose: life in prison, with the remote possibility of death."

The center of the case, Ernest Dewayne Jones, was sentenced to death in Los Angeles in 1995 and has remained on California's death row ever since awaiting execution, "but with complete uncertainty as to when, or even whether, it will ever come,'' Carney wrote. `

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3 comments
SleepyBrown
SleepyBrown

But what the judge said is so very true! Kamala is part of the problem, doesn't she see that? She is now just adding another expensive bureaucratic layer of bullshit that everyone else has in the problem of capital punishment! California is just not the place to have government killings. It just wastes tax payers money trying to enforce a policy that the population doesn't support. Kamala, you should run for office somewhere in Texas girl! LOL

P.S. I'm neither for or against the death penalty, I just know that we are not Texas or Florida, and it jut doesn't happen here.

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

Does Harris comprehend that Carney is challenging the constitutionality of making prisoners on death row in California wait indefinitely for their punishment to be carried out but is in no way advocating that our state should repeal the death penalty altogether?

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

KAMALA HARRIS WE WANT BODY CAMERAS ON ALL COPS AT ALL TIMES! WE WANT POBOR REPEALED NOW!!

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