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CA SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS DEATH PENALTY REFORM INITIATIVE
The CA Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to Prop. 66, “The Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act,” adopted by voters in November. Opponents made their case and lost. Their effort to get the courts to overturn Prop. 66 would have thwarted the clear will of the voters. >>
PROMISES BROKEN ON CA SENTENCING REFORMS
Six years after Realignment and three years since Prop. 47 was passed, state corrections costs have increased by over $1.7 billion, and total state expenditures for prisons, jails, and rehab programs rose from $9.5 billion in 2010-2011 to nearly $12.2 billion for the upcoming 2017-2018 year. >>
MURDERER’S CHALLENGE TO DEATH SENTENCE REJECTED-- June 26.
The U.S. Supreme Court upheld the conviction and death sentence of a Texas man convicted of murdering a woman and her five-year-old granddaughter. At issue in Davila was whether earlier Supreme Court precedent allowing review of a defaulted claim of substantial error by a trial attorney should extend to claimed errors by a murderer’s appellate attorney, even when a federal court finds that the error claim is without merit. >>