Rush to resume executions while a ban is in place hurts victims

Posted by Jessica Lewis, Guest Blogger on September 10th, 2010

Despite the fact that executions have been on hold in California for almost five years, it seems as though some government officials are still in denial or just a little too eager for the ban to be lifted and are prematurely trying to schedule execution dates.

On Tuesday, August 31, one day after death row prisoner Albert Greenwood Brown was given an execution date of September 29th, Marin County Superior Court Judge Verna Adams clarified that she had not lifted the current stay on executions, and that it would remain in effect "unless and until" she says otherwise.

Although new lethal injection procedures were created by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and submitted for public comment, the Judge has yet to determine if CDCR appropriately complied with the Administrative Procedures Act, meaning the ban on executions is still in full force. This hasn't stopped the Governor or the Attorney General from pushing to set more execution dates.

Although prison officials are preparing for Brown's execution at the end of the month as if it were to happen, they have states that if the judge's order is still in effect on the execution date, they will cancel the execution. Considering the long-standing stay on executions and the number of lawsuits that are still pending, it is unlikely that all legal issues will be resolved and the ban will be lifted in time for the execution - so why  rush to set execution dates before determining whether executions can legally be carried out?

Planning and then canceling an execution puts the victim's family on an emotional roller-coaster that makes the whole process significantly more difficult. It reopens the wounds and causes even more pain. The Governor and the Attorney General know that they can't legally carry out executions, so why are they making promises that they can't keep? By ignoring the negative impact of setting an unrealistic execution date, the needs of the victim's families are also ignored. Whether a date is set or not, the prisoners will remain on death row, so rushing to set a date that will probably not be carried out is not only pointless, but irresponsible and a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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Posted in Blog, CCV/Victims, Lethal Injection


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  1. Comment by James, Sep 28th, 2010 8:33am

    Please add posts to this blog that track the latest news in California. People who come to the website by Google and aren't on the email list will not know the latest actions/alerts.

  2. Comment by Ray Ku, Sep 14th, 2010 11:55am

    If there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that the person committed premeditated murder, take them out; shoot them; end of story.

  3. Comment by mary, Sep 13th, 2010 5:39am

    Can someone please explain to me why someone on death row get's to live years being fed and taken care of,the victim was not given a choice on whether to live or die or the length of time they had to decide what their choice was,when are people going to start standing up for the victims


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