A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

imagesA Federal judge’s ruling that California’s death penalty is unconstitutional was described by legal experts Wednesday as stunning and unprecedented.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney found that decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether condemned inmates will ever be executed violate the constitution’s ban on cruel or unusual punishment.

Click for full report from Los Angeles Times and link to Opinion

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