Federal Judge Strikes Down California's Death Penalty
The Huffington Post | By Mollie Reilly
Posted: 07/16/2014 3:10 pm EDT

"A federal judge has ruled that California's death penalty system is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney handed down an order Wednesday, finding that the system is arbitrary and in violation of the Constitution's 8th Amendment.

"California's death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death," Carney writes. "For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death -- a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose.""