Articles Tagged With ‘death penalty’




Off limits: Of Mice and Men and the death penalty

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OPINION by STEPHEN COOPER Seventy years after its publication, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men continues to stimulate debate, pro and con, about the death penalty. But justifying capital punishment was the last thing on the mind of the author,... (Continue reading)

Death row inmate who killed Atascadero couple dies

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A longtime death row inmate who was convicted of a 1988 brutal double murder in Atascadero died in a hospital near San Quentin State Prison Tuesday evening. San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said Dennis Duane Webb’s death... (Continue reading)

Proposition 66: turbo-charging California’s machinery of death

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OPINION by STEPHEN COOPER “Californians for Death Penalty Savings and Reform”—an advocacy group spearheaded by district attorneys and several family members of murder victims—has collected enough signatures to qualify the “Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016” for placement on... (Continue reading)

Federal court upholds California’s death penalty system

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A federal appellate court has reversed a ruling that declared California’s capital punishment system unconstitutional. [LA Times] In July 2014, U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney ruled California’s death penalty system was unconstitutional, stating executions had become arbitrary and plagued... (Continue reading)

California’s death row out of room

With the state tied up in litigation and about 20 newly condemned men arriving yearly, California’s death row has run out of room. [LA Times] Currently, there are 731 men and 20 women sentenced to death in California. Most of... (Continue reading)