Yesterday, the Supreme Court denied rehearing in Briggs v. Brown , which upheld most of Proposition 66, the ballot measure designed to speed up executions in California.  (The court made two minor modifications in the opinion.)  The court had previously routinely extended its time to rule on the rehearing petition.

The court said in its opinion that the initiative measure’s effective date “shall be the date our opinion becomes final.”  The order denying rehearing says “the decision in this matter is now final.”