Execution push

This in from a pro-death penalty organization today:

The Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation has urged Governor Schwarzenegger and the Secretary of California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to resume executions under authority provided by state law.

“The California Penal Code allows the CDCR to adopt regulations immediately to meet the operational needs of the department,” said the Foundation’s Legal Director Kent Scheidegger.  “Carrying out executions after the case has been fully reviewed is an operational need. California has over 700 convicted murderers on death row.  The state Constitution requires a prompt and final conclusion of post conviction proceedings.  The Supreme Court approved a similar execution protocol two years ago.  Yet the state’s ability to resume executions remains bogged down in the administrative process.”

Read the full letter from Scheidegger sent to Gov. Schwarzenegger and CDCR Secretary Matt Cate.

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