The Wenatchee World

Weather:

Weather

The latest extended forecast from The Weather Channel

Remove this weather forecast

Tonight

Lo49° Rain

Thursday

Hi61° Chance Showers

Thursday Night

Lo44° Partly Cloudy

Friday

Hi57° Partly Sunny

Friday Night

Lo47° Rain Likely

Saturday

Hi58° Chance Rain

Saturday Night

Lo46° Chance Showers

Sunday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Sunday Night

Lo41° Partly Cloudy

Monday

Hi54° Partly Sunny

Court rejects death penalty in California

Send to Kindle
Print This

SAN FRANCISCO — In an indictment of California’s death penalty, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether condemned inmates will ever be executed violate the constitution’s ban on cruel or unusual punishment.

The ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney, an appointee of former President George W. Bush, was unprecedented and likely to further inflame the debate over the state’s death penalty. Several prominent judges have excoriated California’s death penalty for its dysfunction, but Carney was the first to rule the delays amounted to a constitutional violation and left the system without any legitimate purpose.

View my optionsorSign in