Entries tagged with “Cleamon Johnson

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Sep 16, 2019

California Supreme Court Declines to Halt Death-Penalty Trials During State Execution Moratorium

The California Supreme Court has declined to review the peti­tions of two Los Angeles County defen­dants who had asked the Court to halt cap­i­tal pros­e­cu­tions in the wake of Governor Gavin Newsoms deci­sion to impose a mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions. The defen­dants had argued that there was an uncon­sti­tu­tion­al risk that jurors’ knowl­edge about the much-pub­li­cized mora­to­ri­um would lead them to believe that any death sen­tence they might impose was unlike­ly to be car­ried out and would there­fore dimin­ish their sense of respon­si­bil­i­ty for impos­ing that pun­ish­ment. The Court’s deci­sion not…

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Arbitrariness

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Sentencing Alternatives

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Sentencing Data

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Jul 19, 2019

California Supreme Court to Consider Petition to Halt Capital Prosecutions

Calling Governor Gavin Newsoms mora­to­ri­um on exe­cu­tions a par­a­digm shift” in the death-penal­ty land­scape, a defen­dant fac­ing the death penal­ty in Los Angeles has peti­tioned the California Supreme Court to halt cap­i­tal pros­e­cu­tions in the state. On July 1, 2019, lawyers for Cleamon Johnson—whose death penal­ty tri­al is sched­uled to begin in January 2020 — have filed a pre­tri­al peti­tion for review, argu­ing that cap­i­tal juries can­not be expect­ed to pro­vide a fair and rea­soned penal­ty-phase deter­mi­na­tion free from spec­u­la­tion” about whether a death sen­tence would ever be car­ried out.