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Death Penalty Bill Passes Assembly
Ca Assembly ^ | 4/17/08 | Sam Cannon

Posted on 04/18/2008 11:10:48 AM PDT by RerunAgain

Assemblyman Paul Cook won an unexpected victory in the Assembly Public Safety Committee when his bill to relax restrictions on witness testimony during death penalty trials passed. Assembly Bill 2228 aims to change a current state law that prohibits conditional testimony from use during death penalty trials. Conditional testimony is often used when a witness’ life is in jeopardy or they are unable to attend due to health reasons. Under these circumstances, witnesses provide the court with videotaped testimony.

Cook believes that using conditional testimony for capital punishment cases will afford victims, victim’s families, and eyewitnesses, an opportunity to testify in cases if they are unable to attend. Every other type of criminal case permits conditional testimony for use as evidence if a witness is incapable of attending. “This bill is an attempt to bring parity to the legal system by permitting the practice of conditional testifying for every criminal case,” he said. Said Cook, “The lengthy process of most death penalty cases was the key reason I decided to carry the bill in concert with Riverside District Attorney, Rod Pacheco. Some of these cases are taking 10 to 15 years to work their way through the appeals process.” He added, “A death penalty case shouldn’t be compromised because of a witness’ death. These types of cases require as much testimony and scrutiny as possible to ensure that every avenue is considered before a final verdict is rendered.”

Pacheco is hopeful the bill will pass in the Assembly despite its controversial nature. He added, “I greatly appreciate Assemblyman Cook’s efforts to move this bill through the legislature. His determination and hard work is an asset to public safety and I am proud to be working with him to make sure the victim’s voice is heard in capital cases.”


TOPICS: US: California
KEYWORDS: capitalpunishment; deathpenalty; testimony; witness

1 posted on 04/18/2008 11:10:48 AM PDT by RerunAgain
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To: RerunAgain
Its time to move forward with executions in California. Victims' families deserve to see justice done and have a sense of closure brought to their ordeal.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

2 posted on 04/18/2008 11:13:13 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: RerunAgain
As long as cross examination is allowed, it would seem reasonable. Can anyone voice disagreement, with a reasoned argument?
3 posted on 04/18/2008 11:13:28 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: goldstategop

Couldn’t agree more. It is a terrible thing that we have some 650 (approximate) people on death row, and we have no more than one or two executions in a ‘busy’ year. Where’s the justice in that?


4 posted on 04/18/2008 11:14:54 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: DoughtyOne
As long as defense lawyers can cross-examine the witness, there should be no reason why videotaped testimony cannot be offered to the court in a death penalty case.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 04/18/2008 11:16:05 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Thanks for the response. I am curious to see if anyone disagrees.


6 posted on 04/18/2008 11:23:43 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: DoughtyOne

the longer the left can keep the status quo, the longer the red herring of “it costs more to execute someone than to imprison them for life” can be used.

ever wonder why someone can be freed from “death row” in a matter of weeks after some DNA evidence is produced by a anti-capitol punishment law school student group, but we can’t execute someone with DNA evidence in 20 YEARS time?


7 posted on 04/18/2008 11:41:27 AM PDT by WOBBLY BOB (Conservatives are to McCain what Charlie Brown is to Lucy.)
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To: WOBBLY BOB

I agree with your thoughts here. It is too bad what is allowed to take place, with the leftists skewing reasoned logic constantly.


8 posted on 04/18/2008 11:53:18 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (McCain is rock solid on SCOTUS judicial appointments. He voted for Ginsberg, Kennedy and Souter.)
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To: RerunAgain

As Ron ‘Tater Salad’ White says “Put in an express lane - we did. You kill us, we’ll kill you right back”


9 posted on 04/18/2008 12:18:24 PM PDT by SkyDancer ("I Believe In Law Until It Interferes With Justice")
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To: goldstategop
Photobucket Yep...absolutely!
10 posted on 04/18/2008 12:48:10 PM PDT by xuberalles ("Barack Obama: Change Is A Dime Bag!" Titillating Tees)
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