California Panel Holds Final Death Penalty Hearing
The California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice held its final hearing on Friday. The ACLU of Northern California used that venue to release two reports, The Hidden Death Tax: The Secret Costs of Seeking Execution in California, and Death by Geography: A County by County Analysis of the Road to Execution in California. In the San Jose Mercury News, Howard Mintz reports, "Panel holds final hearing on death penalty." A key state justice
commission Friday completed its investigation into California's death
penalty, as it heads toward a mid-summer report that is expected to
recommend reforms to the country's most prolific capital punishment
In the third and final hearing on the death penalty, the California
Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice considered testimony
at Santa Clara University from a range of witnesses who raised concerns
about arbitrariness and the high cost of imposing death sentences, as
well as the reluctance of governors to consider clemency for death row
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