LOS ANGELES (AP) - 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.
A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled that years-long delays in deciding appeals and carrying out executions have created an arbitrary and irrational system that is unconstitutional. News10/KXTV