Orange County, CA (PRWEB) February 24, 2013
According to the Orange County Register, ten death penalty trials are scheduled for the near future after no capital-punishment sentences in 2012. MacGregor & Collins murder defense attorneys believe the failure of Propostion 34 to protect clients has delayed the legal process and may do more harm than good.
Proposition 34 was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California. If it had been approved, California’s death penalty would have been eliminated and replaced with life in prison without the possibility of parole. According to Dan Wagner, Assistant District Attorney, the possibility of there no longer being a death penalty resulted in several defendants delaying their cases.
“We had several death-penalty cases ready for trial last year, but the defense in several cases found ways to stretch things out and get continuances to see what happened with Propostition 34,” said Attorney Wagner
Since the death penalty has been agreed upon by voters, Orange County judges and attorneys are working hard to accommodate the large number of complex murder trials in the near-future. Randy Collins, Orange County murder attorney, has assisted those who have been charged or accused for murder and feels that the results of Proposition 34 will continue to have negative effects throughout California.
“I am not one to debate whether or not the death penalty is morally wrong. I take issue with the fact that those who have experienced legal professionals representing them have a much better chance of avoiding the death penalty than those who utilize a public defender. Although this can be said about any alleged criminal facing any crime, the death penalty is a punishment that cannot be appealed after the ultimate sentence has been carried out.
“Technological advances have helped people who have been sentenced to life in prison to get their lives back. A death sentence leaves little wiggle room for mistakes,” said attorney Collins.
Death sentences throughout California have decreased leading up to the Proposition 34 ballot decision. Had the ballot been approved, those who had already been sentenced to death would receive new sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Also, those who were found guilty of murder would have had to work while in prison with their wages applied to orders against them or victim restitution fines.
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