California high court won’t reconsider death penalty ruling
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s Supreme Court won’t reconsider its decision upholding a voter-approved measure meant to speed up executions in the state.
The court voted 5-2 in August to uphold Proposition 66, but ruled that the measure’s provision for a five-year deadline for condemned inmates’ appeals was advisory, not mandatory.
Anti-death penalty crusader Ron Briggs had asked the court to reconsider its Aug. 24 ruling. The court declined the request Wednesday with no comment, saying its August decision was final.
The measure requires more lawyers to take death penalty appeals that will be assigned almost immediately after sentencing. It would shift one type of appeal to trial court judges and require those appeals to be filed within a year after an attorney is appointed.
California has 400 appeals pending.