October 22, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A California appeals court has ruled that state corrections officials made several procedural errors when adopting new lethal injection rules.
The decision could further delay executions in the state.
The 1st District Court of Appeals opinion issued Thursday affirms a lower court ruling. It says the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation failed to explain, as required by state law, why it was switching from a three-drug injection method to a single drug.
The opinion also found that CDCR failed to make certain files regarding the new procedure available to the public.
California has not executed an inmate since 2006, when a federal judge halted the practice.
Since then, the state has constructed a new death chamber at San Quentin Prison, developed new regulations and trained a new team to carry out executions.
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