There will be no California executions in the near future, reports the Sacramento Bee. A state appellate court has ruled the state failed to follow required procedures in fashioning a revised protocol for administering lethal injections. The revised protocol was not vetted through a period of public notice and comment, as required by state law.
The ruling leaves the state with two options: send the protocol through the notice and comment process or appeal to the California Supreme Court, which may or may not agree to review it. A state corrections department spokesman says that the “ruling keeps us from carrying out the will of the people by lifting the moratorium on capital punishment.” Voters have endorsed the death penalty at the ballot box.