Blue Whales are believed to be the largest animals ever. Now they’re an endangered species. This month, no less than three blue whales have been found dead in the Santa Barbara Channel, and evidence shows they collided with ships. On Reporter’s Notebook, Governor Schwarzenegger and wrongful convictions in state courts.
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Blue whales can grow to more than one-hundred feet and weigh two-hundred tons, making them larger than any dinosaur discovered. But the largest animals ever to live are now an endangered species. In the past few weeks, three blue whales have turned up dead in the Santa Barbara Channel, and nobody knows how they became so disoriented that they collided with ships.
Last year, Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed bills designed to prevent wrongful convictions in California. Three new bills are now on his desk after passage this year. They would require police to record interrogations in cases of violence and murder, require the testimony of jailhouse informants to be corroborated and set up a task force to establish guidelines for line-ups and the use of photographs to identify suspects.
John Van De Kamp, Former 2-term Att'y General of California; former DA of the County of Los Angeles; first Federal Public Defender for the Central District of California