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Former Governors Fight to Speed Up California Executions


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The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.
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The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison.

Former California governors George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis are backing a proposed ballot initiative to streamline the death penalty process. The proposal would put a five-year limit on death penalty appeals and make other changes to the way the state manages condemned prisoners. Opponents say the measure would lead to more expensive legal battles and increase the chances that an innocent person could be put to death.

Host: Penny Nelson

Guests:

  • Gray Davis, former governor of California
  • Ellen Kreitzberg, professor of law at Santa Clara University School of Law and director of the Death Penalty College, which trains lawyers to handle death penalty cases
  • Gil Garcetti, former district attorney for Los Angeles County
  • Mark Peterson, district attorney for Contra Costa County

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