Prosecutors in California Seeking Resumption on Death Penalty Execution

Prosecutors in California Seeking Resumption on Death Penalty Execution

9/22/2010

San Jose – Deputies of Attorney General Jerry Brown are seeking permission for the scheduled execution of prisoners in death row to be carried out.

The execution of prisoners in the death row was put to a halt in 2006 by U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy Fogel of San Jose, California. He found the lethal injection process as providing undue and unnecessary risk to the person who remains conscious and suffer extreme pain, which is a violation of the Eighth Amendment, banning cruel and unusual punishment.

Calls for the resumption of the executions have intensified since it has been put to a halt four years ago.

In the event that there would be resumption of executions, Albert Greenwood Brown would be the first on the list. His execution by lethal injection is scheduled on September 29.

Brown was convicted for the rape and murder of Susan Jordan in October 1980. The 15-year-old girl was on her way home from school in Riverside when Brown grabbed her, and raped then murdered her. Four months earlier the said event, Brown was also paroled from state prison for the rape of a 14-year-old girl in 1977.

The San Quentin death chamber, where Brown’s execution was set to take place, has already been reconstructed and new lethal procedures are now in effect.

However, Marin County Superior Court Judge Verna Adams, indefinitely extended the ban on the execution. Still, prison officials continue preparing for Brown’s scheduled execution.

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