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DEATH PENALTY. INITIATIVE STATUTE. Defines when a case imposing the death penalty is "submitted" (received by the court and ready for a decision). Imposes salary penalties on judges when death penalty case remains undecided for 90 days after specified events occur. Requires that absent extraordinary circumstances, examination of prospective jurors in capital cases be in presence of other prospective jurors. Provides appeal from death penalty judgment shall be given priority in Supreme Court. Provides appellate courts may transfer habeas corpus petitions to specified superior courts within 30 days of filing. Makes other changes. Summary of estimate by Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: The measure could initially result in additional costs to the Supreme Court, the Attorney General, and the State Public Defender to the extent that it requires the Supreme Court to process the current backlog of death penalty cases more quickly. However, initial as well as possible continuing costs of the measure are unknown.
Honorable Ross Johnson Assemblyman, 64Th District, 424 W. Commonwealth, Fullerton, California 92632 (916) 445-7448
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Death Penalty. California Initiative 372 (1985).