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CRIMINAL LAW. INITIATIVE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT AND STATUTE. Amends State Constitution regarding criminal and juvenile cases: affords accused no greater constitutional rights than federal Constitution affords; prohibits post-indictment preliminary hearings; establishes People's right to due process and speedy, public trials; provides reciprocal discovery; allows hearsay in preliminary hearings. Makes statutory changes, including: expands first degree murder definition; increases penalties for specified murders; expands special circumstance murders subject to capital punishment; increases penalty for minors convicted of first degree murder to life imprisonment without parole; provides probable cause finding based on hearsay; requires court to conduct jury examination. Summary of estimate of Legislative Analyst and Director of Finance of fiscal impact on state and local governments: Provisions of the measure calling for new and longer commitments to state prisons could result in additional General Fund costs. Provisions of the measure also could affect both the number and length of criminal proceedings, resulting in both savings and costs. The measure's net fiscal impact on the state General Fund and local governments is unknown.


Senator Edward R. Royce, 1254 North Lighthouse Lane, Anaheim, California 92803 (916) 445-5831 (714) 871-0270; W. Collene Campbell, 33552 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, California 92675; Edward R. Jagels, 965 Fairway Drive, Bakersfield, California 92801



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