Calif. Victims' Group Opposes Abolishing Death Penalty

Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:56 AM

By Robert Engler

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A victims’ rights group is asking a California appeals court to remove a proposition to abolish the death penalty from the November ballot, calling the initiative a “cruel and deceptive measure.”
 
In a petition filed Monday on behalf of a murdered police officer’s family, the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation said the initiative illegally combines unrelated provisions in one ballot question, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

“This kind of manipulation, forcing the people to vote on two different measures as an all-or-nothing choice, is exactly what the single-subject rule was put in the Constitution to prevent,” the foundation’s legal director Kent Scheidegger said in a prepared statement.

The ballot proposition, called the Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act (SAFE), would abolish the death penalty, commute the sentences of death row inmates to life without parole, and earmark $100 million in state law enforcement funds for murder and rape investigations.

“This is a cruel, deceptive measure. It tries to drive a wedge between two groups of murder victims’ families, telling one group that they will have money to pursue justice in their cases but only by denying justice to the other families,” Scheidegger said.

Jeanne Woodford, a former San Quentin prison warden and head of the SAFE for California coalition, said she expects the court to reject the petition and allow voters to decide the issue.

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Washington School Gunman Was Homecoming Prince

Saturday, 25 Oct 2014 07:49 AM

Jaylen Fryberg was well liked and athletic, a football player named to his high school's homecoming court just one week  . . .

Duncan's Nurses: We Held His Hand When Nobody Else Would

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 23:08 PM

The last people to hold Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan's hands to comfort him as he was dying at Dallas' Texas Presbyt . . .

Living Large: The Scandal of Bishops' Residences

Friday, 24 Oct 2014 20:31 PM

Camden, N.J., is one of the poorest cities in the U.S. So it was a shock earlier this year when reports surfaced that Bi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved