September 27, 2012
We have been following Proposition 34, the initiative on the ballot this November to abolish the death penalty in California and to commute the sentences of all inmates on death row to life without the possibility of parole. This is relevant to practice before the Supreme Court because the court has original appellate jurisdiction in all cases where a judgment of death has been imposed. As we most recently discussed here, this substantially increases the Court’s workload and limits the number of civil cases it can process each year.
We therefore were pleased to learn that the Appellate Courts Section of the Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) will be hosting a program on October 10 to explore the proposition and its ramifications. The announced panelists are retired California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, former Los Angeles County District Attorney Gil Garcetti, and actor and activist Mike Farrell, President of Death Penalty Focus. The program will take place in the first floor auditorium of the Ronald Reagan State Office Building, 300 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles. For more information and instructions on registering, check out this link. (Full disclosure: I am Secretary of the LACBA’s Appellate Courts Section, the group hosting the event.)