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Will Prop 66 Force Jerry Brown to Preside over Executions?

November 30, 2016 | NewsLinks
Although he has served as governor longer than anyone else in California history, Jerry Brown has never been forced to make one of the weightiest decisions governors face: whether to spare a convicted criminal from execution.

Young man convicted in 2014 murder wants new trial after Prop. 57 passes

November 26, 2016 | NewsLinks
Until recently, state law allowed prosecuting agencies in California — including the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office — to make those determinations in certain cases without taking the issue to a judge first. It’s a process known as “direct filing.”

California passes death penalty reform to speed executions

November 23, 2016 | NewsLinks
California voters have decided to repair the state’s dysfunctional death penalty by passing a measure intended to speed up appeals, uniting with voters in more conservative states that also supported capital punishment.

Courts are prepared for marijuana defendant petitions

November 14, 2016 | NewsLinks
(Subscription required) When voters passed Proposition 64, it didn't just legalize recreational marijuana for adult use. It also allowed thousands of people to petition to vacate past marijuana convictions, or to reduce them to what the penalty would be under the new law.
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