February 27, 2017

Death sentence affirmed for prison murders

The Supreme Court today affirms the death penalty judgment in People v. Delgado for the 1998 and 1999 murders by the defendant of two fellow inmates at Corcoran State Prison.  The court’s unanimous opinion by Justice Carol Corrigan, as is typical in many automatic direct death penalty appeals, rejects numerous arguments.  Regarding the issue that is given the most attention, the court finds no error in the trial court’s having ordered — with defense counsel’s consent — two correctional officers to be present during consultations between defendant and his attorney.

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