Three Former California Governors Want to Speed Up State's Death Penalty Process
ANGELES, CA - Three former California governors will back a proposed ballot
initiative designed to speed up the state's lengthy death penalty process.
Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis plan to announce the
start of signature-gathering efforts for a ballot measure at a midmorning
Thursday news conference in Los Angeles.
On a 2012 ballot, 53 percent of
California voters rejected an initiative that would have repealed the death
Nonetheless, executions have been halted since 2006 because of
lawsuits in federal and state courts over the three-drug lethal-injection method
that had been used to carry out death sentences. There are more than 700
prisoners on California's death row.