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Articles in "death penalty"

Architects of CA Death Penalty Say No To DP: Yes to Prop 34

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

California’s death penalty will be abolished by a Yes vote on Proposition 34 in November. Proposition 34 imposes life without parole for first degree murder. Those urging the abolition of the death penalty include social progressives but a growing number of fiscal conservatives joined the fight against the death penalty in favor of Proposition 34.

PLEA BARGAINING: A GREAT DEAL FOR WHOM?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The dirty little truth about plea bargaining is this: innocent people plead guilty to charges for which they are not actually guilty so as to avoid the risk of greater sentences should they be convicted at trial. People’s risk tolerance can trigger a surrender syndrome causing them to plead guilty merely to get out of jail in a reasonable time.

The Death Penalty- A Ventura Criminal Defense Lawyer's Thoughts

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Any Ventura County criminal defense lawyer knows it costs a fortune to prosecute death penalty cases. I knew this when I was a Deputy District Attorney for Ventura County prosecuting capital murder. Nothing defending death penalty cases has changed my mind.

What I would like you to think about today is the cost of the death penalty system in California. It costs a lot of money the State can't afford.

PLEA BARGAINING: REPRESENTATION RIGHTS

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Ventura County criminal defense lawyers with any substantial experience realize, when the proof is there, a defendant should know about and consider plea bargaining. Not every criminal charge should go to trial.

Stop the Death Penalty in November 2012

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The Death Penalty faces a "thumbs up" or "thumbs down" vote in November 2012 when the punishment hits the California ballot. Earlier this week 800,000 signatures of registered voters looking to abolish the barbaric practice of killing convicted killers have been delivered to Sacramento. The demise of State authorized homicide will be in the electorate's hands this election year.

Gang Crimes and Special Allegations: Disparate Racial Impact?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

If a a crime is committed by a targeted group of African Americans or Hispanic youths who associate with or become members of a "criminal gang" the alleged offender is often looking at more jail or prison time - and it can be decades - than an offender not so affiliated or associated.

Death Penalty: $4 Billion Cost and Rising?

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

California’s death penalty system costs a bloody fortune to sustain. Arguably, the system does not provide much bang for its buck. California taxpayers paid over $4 billion dollars from 1978 on to maintain the system.

Death Penalty: Abolition Vote Nears

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The public’s dissatisfaction with the the death penalty continues. For various reasons, spending $4 billion to execute 13 people since 1978 doesn’t seem like such a good deal to many folks out there anymore.

Death Penalty: Disparate Racial Impact

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

Is anybody surprised to learn that racial minorities receive the ultimate sentence more than others convicted of the same type of homicides?

Death Penalty: On the Way to Voters to Decide

by Steven D. Powell Attorney at Law

The Death Penalty may be on the ballot in November for an electoral thumbs up or down. Under California’s initiative process, the question to abolish or maintain the Death Penalty will be left to voters to decide.