US judge rules against California death penalty 

click to enlarge San Quentin State Prison
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  • In this photo taken Tuesday, July 8, 2014, is San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. In the background is Mount Tamalpais in Marin County. Opened in 1852 it is the oldest prison in the state. California's only death row is located at the prison.
A federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional.

The ruling Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney follows a similar ruling in Northern California that has kept the death penalty on hold in California for years.

Ruling in the case of a prisoner who was condemned in 1994, Carney wrote that inordinate and unpredictable delays have resulted in a death penalty system in which arbitrary factors determine whether an individual will actually be executed.

Carney vacated the death sentence of Ernest Dewayne Jones.

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