In their rush to resume executions in California, they are ignoring the court order that halts executions.
New lethal injection procedures were recently approved by a state agency, but those procedures have NOT been approved by a judge and an injunction against executions has NOT been lifted. Despite that, state officials have attempted to resume executions. Tuesday morning a Marin judge ruled again that the time-out on executions remains in place. But the Governor and AG have not stopped-they are moving forward with preparing for an execution and asking for more execution dates.
Tell Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown that if they can't follow the law, they can't execute people.
In their haste to resume executions in California, the Governor and the Attorney General have not considered the impact this process has on the victims' families. With all the lawsuits still pending, any execution date set now will almost certainly be rescheduled. The Attorney General and the Governor need to go to court and get the legal questions answered before putting family members through this roller coaster.
The process that governs changes to state regulations, such as the state's lethal injection procedure, is in place to ensure that the concerns of the public are addressed and that all precautions are taken. This important process has not been completed in full and we cannot resume executions until it is-many problems with the procedure remain. Please act today and urge the Governor and Attorney General to follow the rules and stop ignoring the courts.