LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS
State of California
March 7, 2000 Election|
Murder: Special Circumstances
Legislative Initiative Amendment
72.5% Yes votes ......
27.5% No votes
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Yes/No Meaning |
Official Information |
Provides special circumstances
warranting death penalty or life without parole exist for
intentional murders committed in connection with kidnapping
or arson or committed by
"means of" rather than "while" lying in wait. Fiscal
Impact: Unknown, probably minor, additional state costs.
- A YES vote of this measure means:
- Additional first degree murderers who killed a victim
by means of lying in wait or whose crime also involved
kidnapping or arson would be subject to punishment by death
or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole, rather
than imprisonment for 25 years to life.
- A NO vote of this measure means:
- Offenders involved in murders under those
circumstances would remain subject to punishment by a
prison term of 25 years to life.
- Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 18:
- Proposition 18 gives juries the
right to impose a sentence of death or life imprisonment
without parole for a criminal who kidnaps someone to murder
that person or sets fire to a building so as to murder the
occupants, and does so murder them.
Full Text of Argument In Favor,
- Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 18:
- Taxpayers who prefer life
imprisonment, rather than execution, as the penalty for
murder should vote No. California needs to reduce,
rather than increase, the legal and moral costs of capital
punishment. This proposition ignores the experience of the
last 22 years, both here and in other states.
Full Text of Argument Against,
- Contact FOR Proposition 18:
- Michael D. Bradbury
District Attorney County of Ventura
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009
- Contact AGAINST Proposition 18:
- Mike Farrell, President
Death Penalty Focus of California
74 New Montgomery Street, #250
San Francisco, CA 94105
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