Victims group sues over slow California executions

Nov 6, 2014 8:07 PM by Debbie Cobb

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - A victims' rights organization is suing California state officials, seeking to speed up executions that have been on hold since 2006.

Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court on Thursday.

The foundation is asking a judge to order state corrections officials to adopt procedures for single-drug executions.

State policy currently calls for using a series of three drugs to put condemned inmates to death.

The corrections department is drafting new lethal injection regulations after Gov. Jerry Brown said the state would switch to a single-drug lethal injection.

The foundation says the department is taking too long to adopt the new regulations.

No executions can occur until the new rules are adopted.

The department says a nationwide shortage of execution drugs is slowing progress.


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