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CA SUPREME COURT REJECTS MURDERER’S DEATH PENALTY CHALLENGE
In a unanimous decision announced today, the California Supreme Court rejected a double-murderer’s claim that the state has misapplied its death penalty law since enacted 42 years ago, arguing that the law required sentencing juries to find each aggravating factor of a murder true beyond a reasonable doubt and find that a death sentence is appropriate beyond a reasonable doubt, but that no court has ever complied with those requirements. CJLF joined People v. McDaniel to encourage a decision rejecting the murderer’s claim, arguing that nothing in the law supports the requirements he seeks. The court cited the CJLF brief and utilized CJLF arguments in its decision. >>


CRIME & CONSEQUENCES BLOG
VICTIMS’ GROUPS JOIN LAWSUIT TO BLOCK INMATE RELEASES
In a court filing today (August 18), two victims’ groups, Crime Victims United and Citizens Against Homicide, joined a lawsuit by district attorneys to block new regulations announced on May 1 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) making 76,000 inmates eligible for early release. CJLF and attorney Thomas Hiltachk are representing the victims’ groups. >>
RESEARCH REVIEW DEBUNKS KEY GASCÓN CLAIM
The claim that “science and data” show that shorter sentences for violent and habitual criminals promote public safety has no basis in published research, says CJLF. The foundation undertook a review of published research on this subject to determine if, in fact, “studies show” what Gascón claims. CJLF released the results today in the form of a working paper. >>
SUPREME COURT REJECTS JUVENILE MURDERER’S SENTENCING CHALLENGE
In a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a juvenile murderer’s claim that the Court’s 2016 holding in Montgomery v. Louisiana invalidates his sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. At issue in Jones v. Mississippi was whether the Montgomery ruling changed the rules regarding what judges are required to do in order to sentence a murderer who was under 18 years old at the time of the crime to LWOP. >>