A federal appeals court in San Francisco today reinstated the murder conviction and death penalty of a Santa Clara County man who has been on death row for 33 years.
A panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a 2011 decision in which a federal district judge in Oakland overturned the conviction of Marvin Pete Walker, 53, and ordered a new trial. Read More
California’s prisons remain desperately overcrowded despite years of litigation and intervention by federal judges.
Overcrowding seriously compromises the health of prison inmates, and inadequate health care has led to the gratuitous suffering of untold numbers of felons. If the state is going to comply with federal requirements to reduce the prison population, it may well have to consider releasing some inmates early. Read More
Lorrain Taylor was sitting in her home in February 2000 when she received a devastating phone call that would change her life. Her 22-year-old twin sons, Obadiah and Albade, had been shot and killed while trying to fix their car in an Oakland parking lot. Read More
A former warden of San Quentin State Prison and former California Corrections Department director has become the new chief of an anti-death-penalty group.The selection of Jeanne Woodford, 56, of Benicia, as executive director was announced Thursday by Death Penalty Focus, a San Francisco-based national organization that opposes capital punishment. Read More
After 24 years of incarceration, Ernest Morgan, who was freed from San Quentin State Prison on Thursday morning, planned to head to Mama’s restaurant in San Francisco’s North Beach with his family for an omelete.
He also intends to take in a Giants game and a 49ers game soon, but his top priority is spending time with his loved ones and getting to know them again. Read More