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California's Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

California's Death Penalty Ruled Unconstitutional

(NEWSER) – A potentially huge ruling on the death penalty out of California: A federal judge says the state's system of capital punishment is so inept that California must stop killing inmates, period, reports NBC Bay Area. The decision by US District Judge Cormac J. Carney isn't about the ongoing controversy over lethal-injection drugs; rather, Carney says the state's death penalty amounts to cruel and unusual punishment because death-row inmates are subject to decades of uncertainty and "arbitrary" decisions about their fate, reports the Los Angeles Times. The decision has the potential to "wipe California's death penalty off the books," reports the San Jose Mercury News.

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