FROM Gil Garcetti
Why Bill Cosby’s case has race, gender and celebrity echoes of the O.J. Simpson trial After 52 hours of deliberation, the jury in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case ended in mistrial Saturday , after the jury found itself deadlocked. Cosby could face a new trial as soon as October. His defense team says he is vindicated. But prosecutors are calling for more women to step forward. The high-profile trial has brought up themes of celebrity, race, gender, and media attention.
Federal Judge Strikes Down CA’s Death Penalty Federal Judge Cormac Carney ruled today that “systematic delay” in administering California’s death penalty has made it unconstitutional. He vacated the death sentence of murder convict Ernest Dewayne Jones.
Prop. 34: The End of the Death Penalty Initiative After the State Supreme Court had declared California's death penalty unconstitutional, it was reinstated by the voters who passed Proposition 7 in 1978. Since then, 900 people have been sentenced to death, with 14 actually executed. Proposition 34 on next month's ballot would eliminate capital punishment once again. The 725 inmates currently on death row would be re-sentenced to life without the possibility of parole. One hundred million dollars in state grants would go to local law enforcement agencies over the next four years. Gil Garcetti, former District Attorney of Los Angels County, is a supporter of Prop 34. McGregor Scott, former District Attorney of Shasta County and former US Attorney for the Eastern District of California, is co-chair of the No on 34 campaign.
Death Penalty Foes Looking to Put Repeal to a Ballot Measure A bill to replace California's death penalty with life without the possibility of parole may be on the November ballot next year. Passed by the State Senate, it failed in an Assembly Committee. Today, a group called Taxpayers for Justice says it will begin gathering signatures for an initiative measure. The executive director is Jeannie Woodford, former warden at San Quentin Prison. Another member is Gil Garcetti, former District Attorney of Los Angeles County.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.