California's death row at San Quentin State Prison in Marin County. (Photo credit: SolitaryWatch)

Local Figures Loom Large in Death Penalty Ballot Measure

While Proposition 62, which would outlaw the death penalty in California, has received the most attention this election year, District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and local billionaire Henry Nicholas are championing a competing measure aimed at speeding up executions.

An appellate court upheld a ruling by Judge Thomas M. Goethals (left) that barred District Attorney Tony Rackauckas (right) from prosecuting death penalty phase of Scott Evans Dekraai mass murder case.  (Pool photos)

Appellate Court: OK for DA to Disqualify Goethals

The 4th District Court of Appeal upheld the right of the DA’s office to disqualify the Superior Court judge presiding over the jailhouse snitch case from other murder cases, but described prosecutors’ actions as an “extraordinary abuse” of the procedure.