Frustrated by a court ruling that invalidates California’s lethal injection procedures, death penalty supporters plan a campaign to bring the suspended system back to life, reports the Daily Breeze in Torrance, Ca. The advocates hope to circumvent legal challenges to executions through a new initiative that would put in place a single-drug injection procedure for inmates condemned to death, such as Night Stalker serial killer Richard Ramirez, who died Friday of natural causes. Advocates of the single-injection protocol seek to avoid supply and legal issues related to the triple-drug protocol used before a 2006 moratorium on the death penalty. The ballot initiative would also reform the appellate process to ensure executions for Death Row inmates who have exhausted all appeals and where questions of guilt don’t exist.
The proposed initiative would be backed by a coalition of law enforcement, district attorneys, and death penalty proponents who opposed Proposition 34 in the 2012 statewide election. That measure, defeated by 52 percent of voters, would have abolished the death penalty and replaced it with life in prison without parole. “The initiative will be to streamline and fix the death penalty,” said San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos. “As the voters have indicated, they still believe in capital punishment, and as I asked the voters to oppose Proposition 34, I told them I would do anything I could to fix the issue of delayed justice.” Ramos said. “That’s what happens with these families. It’s not justice if it’s delayed, especially in these most gruesome murders.”