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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…