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California Death penalty repeal dead: Prop. 34

(11-07) 05:09 PST SACRAMENTO — Proposition 34, an initiative to repeal California’s seldom-used but politically potent death penalty law, looked dead with nearly 95 percent of the votes counted Wednesday. The measure would reduce the maximum sentence for capital murder to life in prison without the possibility of parole and would apply retroactively to the more than 720 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest death row. It was the first statewide vote on the issue since 1978, when a 71 percent majority approved expansion of a death penalty law that legislators had passed the previous year over Gov. Jerry Brown‘s veto. That campaign focused on whether murderers deserved to be executed. The Prop. 34 campaign, by contrast, stressed the financial costs of the state’s death penalty – $184 million a year, according to one study – and the structural paralysis of its system. Since executions resumed in the state in 1992, only 13 inmates have been put to death. Executions have been on hold in California since 2006, when a federal judge ordered the state to improve staff training and procedures for lethal injections. The injunction has granted a reprieve to more than a dozen prisoners who have no further appeals. Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/politics/article/Death-penalty-repeal-dead-4014666.php#ixzz2BY8ZH0V3