introduces 2 measures that would change the way death penalty cases are
appealed. “Justice delayed is justice denied,” according to Anderson.
State Sen. Joel Anderson has been an advocate for streamlining the execution
process in California, which can last for decades as appeals are heard.
In a blog post published on Patch last September, Anderson compared the number
of inmates executed in Texas with the number in California, “where the average
time from sentencing until punishment is about 25 years.”
“In the last 20 years, California has executed only 13 murderers while Texas
has executed over 400. Justice delayed is justice denied,” Anderson wrote.
Last week, Anderson introduced 2 measures intended to streamline the
implementation of the death penalty in California.
Under Senate Bill 1514, prisoners sentenced to death would no longer get an
automatic appeal, according to a release issued by Anderson’s office. Senate
Constitutional Amendment 20 would require that appeals of death penalty cases
go to the state Courts of Appeal, instead of the Supreme Court of California.
According to Anderson’s office, SB 1514 would make California the first state
to eliminate automatic appeals of death penalty cases.
“The most heinous murderers should not be afforded special appeal rights beyond
those of other convicted criminals,” Anderson said in a statement. “If
anything, the sooner these violent murderers are executed the safer it will be
for law-abiding citizens.”
The Republican senator represents the 36th District, which covers a large part
of East County and reaches into Riverside County.
(source: La Mesa Patch)