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Saturday, November 29, 2008

California Executions On Hold

By Denny Walsh / McClatchy Newspapers | Tuesday, November 25, 2008 | http://www.bostonherald.com | West

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There will be no executions by California in the near future.

An appellate court has ruled the state failed to follow required procedures in fashioning a revised protocol for administering lethal injections.

The revised protocol was not vetted through a period of public notice and comment, as required by the state’s Administrative Procedures Act, a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco ruled Friday.

The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s failure to comply invalidated the protocol, the panel concluded.

The ruling leaves the state with two options: send the protocol through the notice and comment process or appeal to the California Supreme Court, which may or may not agree to review the matter.

The APA requires notification of a proposed regulation and the reasons behind it, a period for feedback from the public, and written replies to the public comments. The entire package is then submitted to a state agency that reviews it for consistency with the law, clarity and necessity. Even without revisions that may have to be made, the process could take months, if not more than a year.

An appeal to the state high court could likewise take at least several months.

Corrections spokesman Seth Unger said Monday the department has not decided whether to appeal.

"If we decide to submit the matter to public comment, we will do so as expeditiously as possible," Unger said. "The ruling keeps us from carrying out the will of the people by lifting the moratorium on capital punishment."

The state’s voters have endorsed the death penalty at the ballot box.

Brad Phillips, an attorney representing two condemned inmates challenging the protocol on APA grounds, said Monday he is hopeful prison officials will elect to seek public comment rather than pursue an appeal.

"Had they simply done the correct legal analysis to begin with and certainly no later than April 2006 when we filed our lawsuit they wouldn’t have this problem," Phillips said. "If there is an appeal and the Supreme Court accepts review, I’m confident it would uphold the lower courts."

The Boston Globe


Anonymous said...

There is more complications than written here. No medical doctor is present at the execution, due to not one doctor will show up! In this case, I think they should go through the review and get it right. I cannot believe that when they got sued, they did not check the validity of the arguements.
It is about as arrogant as Colorado DOC and the unconstitutiional massive judicial/law enforcement/private prison complex.

mmm said...

I can't help but see the duplicity and hypocrisy of the death penalty. What gives one person the right to kill another under any circumstances? Regarding legal murders by barbaric and archaic laws, 'authority' is given to kill over and over again. The psychosis never ends. The individuals that are actively involved in the killing (murder) of felons are committing premeditated murder. I will never stop questioning the type of personality and character that executioners possess. They are blatant sadists. VERY alarming!

How many innocent people are put to death (murder) through the acceptance of premeditated murder by law? Other measures can be put in place. And here we are, the 21st century, just keeping the cycle of death going and going. INSANE.

ONE innocent is one too many! Far more than one innocent person is put to death legally. FAR more!


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