FROM Paula Mitchell
Will California Voters Speed the Pace of Executions? There are 746 inmates on death row in California, which hasn't conducted an execution since 2006. Yesterday, after 28 years on death row, Wilbur Lee Jennings died of natural causes . Today, a group of former politicians were the first to sign an initiative that would speed up the process . Three former Governors — Democrat Gray Davis, along with Republicans George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson — are on board along with LA County's former District Attorney Steve Cooley.
A Change of Heart on California's Killers "The Briggs death penalty law in California simply doesn't work." That's according to Ron Briggs, who wrote the law, along with his father, then State Senator John Briggs, in 1977. It was passed by the voters in 1978. Ron, who's now in his second term as Supervisor of El Dorado County, is endorsing the SAFE California campaign, which would replace the death penalty with life without the possibility of parole. We hear from Briggs and others.
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.
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.