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Federal appeals court upholds California's death penalty

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

A federal appeals court on Thursday overturned a fed­er­al judge’s rul­ing that found the state death penalty system unconstitutional. 

In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the argument on a technicality that it did not address the question of whether life on death row in California constituted cruel and unusual punishment.

Lawyers who argued on both sides of the case said the appellate ruling was decided on largely technical grounds and leaves unanswered the larger question of whether lengthy delays are unconstitutional.

Read the whole story at LA Times

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