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Desperate Death Penalty Opponents Deceive Rather Than Debate; Exposing a Premeditated Pattern of Deception

SACRAMENTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Today, the No on Proposition 34 Campaign released the following statement:

With less than a month before the November election and continued dismal poll numbers, the Yes on Prop 34 Campaign is engaging in a desperate campaign to achieve their goal of helping California’s most vicious and violent killers escape the sentence given by a jury of law-abiding citizens. Governor Jerry Brown has stated that there are no innocent people on California’s death row. Instead of defending the likes of Scott Petersen, Richard “The Nightstalker” Ramirez and Robert Rhoades, the Yes Campaign deceives. Prosecutors and victims across California are challenging the Yes on 34 Campaign to an honest fact-based debate.

“The ACLU and defense lawyers know California is pro-death penalty, so they are throwing a political Hail Mary to deceive voters,” No on 34 Co-chair and former United States Attorney McGregor Scott said. “Brian Banks and Franky Carrillo’s cases have nothing to do with the death penalty. Governor Jerry Brown has stated unequivocally that there are no innocent people on California’s death row. Let’s debate whether cop killers, serial murderers and child rapists deserve the ultimate sentence.”

Mr. Brian Banks had a rape conviction overturned by a judge after his accuser admitted she lied about the rape. His case would never have qualified for a death sentence, nor did prosecutors seek one. In their official ballot arguments, Yes on 34 writes, “Franky Carrillo was 16 when he was arrested and wrongly convicted of murder in Los Angeles. It took 20 years to show his innocence!” Again, in Mr. Carrillo’s case, prosecutors did not seek death nor was he given a death sentence.

The Yes on 34 poster child for a wrongful death sentence is Mr. Troy Davis, who was executed in Georgia for murdering a police officer. Ironically, Mr. Franky Carrillo writes on the Yes on 34 website, “For me, there were good lawyers, good luck and good timing. In Georgia, Troy was not so lucky. It's heartbreaking to know that our judicial system didn't allow for a correction in Troy's case.” However, at the direction of the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Georgia reviewed the evidence and ruled on Mr. Davis’s appeal:

“This Court concludes that executing an innocent person would violate the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution. However, Mr. Davis is not innocent: the evidence produced at the hearing on the merits of Mr. Davis's claim of actual innocence and a complete review of the record in this case does not require the reversal of the jury's judgment that Troy Anthony Davis murdered City of Savannah Police Officer Mark Allen MacPhail on August 19, 1989.”

“Case closed. Desperation drives the Yes Campaign’s deception, but voters are smart. They will stand with almost every major law enforcement organization, crime victims groups and community leaders that say No on 34,” Scott concluded.


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Source: No on Proposition 34 Campaign