FROM Gil Garcetti
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.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The US gets deeper into Middle East wars. What's the endgame? President Trump welcomed Egypt's President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi to the White House today… just one of the changes in America's approach to the Middle East since Barack Obama left office. We hear about that and the escalation of warfare as well as civilian casualties.
Is Venezuela becoming a dictatorship? Venezuela may have the world's largest oil reserves, but it's a nation in trouble… economically and politically. Is a populist promise to rescue democracy turning out to be a prelude to dictatorship?
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."