February 18, 2001 |
The first time he was sent to death row, a Supreme Court ruling freed convicted murderer Bob Massie. This time, he aims to free himself, dropping the appeal that stands between him and execution. Massie is speeding his path to California's death chamber next month to protest a capital punishment system he says is in shambles. He's also tired of a career behind bars that has won him the nickname "The Dean of Death Row." "I think it's time to move on, don't you?" he said.
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December 12, 2000 |
A Superior Court judge rejected a bid Monday by the state attorney general's office to remove her from hearing the parole case of convicted killer Robert Rosenkrantz. In a written order, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Kathryne Ann Stoltz dismissed Gov. Gray Davis' peremptory challenge as "untimely." Further paving the way for the Calabasas man's possible release, Stoltz also scheduled a bail hearing for him in her Van Nuys courtroom on Friday.
November 19, 2000 |
San Quentin death row inmate and Crips street gang cofounder Stanley "Tookie" Williams has been nominated for the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize, a member of the Swiss parliament confirmed Saturday. Parliament member Mario Fehr nominated Williams and said the inmate has changed the lives of others through the series of children's books he has written and through international peace efforts. "I think he has done extraordinary work," Fehr said in a telephone interview Saturday.
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November 15, 2000 |
Speaking out tearfully, the parents of convicted murderer Robert Rosenkrantz on Tuesday denounced Gov. Gray Davis' decision to block their son's parole and urged his immediate release. "You need to distinguish, governor, between people who are dangerous and people like my son . . . who have paid their debt to society," said Herbert Rosenkrantz, appearing with his wife, Barbara, at a news conference in front of Van Nuys Superior Court.
September 29, 2000 |
An Oakland woman imprisoned in the killing of her abusive boyfriend was set free Thursday, becoming the first convicted murderer released by Gov. Gray Davis' administration--and a powerful symbol for thousands who remain behind bars. Jane Woods, 37, gathered her belongings and walked out of the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla before lunch, state corrections officials confirmed.
September 21, 2000 |
Beginning a novel partnership to identify innocent people behind bars, Orange County's district attorney and public defender Wednesday sent hundreds of inquiries to prison inmates across the state and established a committee to evaluate the replies. The questionnaires were mailed to each of California's 33 state prisons, asking inmates convicted in Orange County to explain whether they know of any physical evidence--such as DNA or fingerprints--that could prove their innocence.
August 1, 2000 |
The state Corrections Department has failed to improve treatment of women inmates as required by a 1997 settlement agreement, an alliance of prison watchdog groups alleged Monday. The groups, including California Prison Focus and Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, filed a motion in U.S. District Court to reopen a 5-year-old class-action lawsuit. The case was settled when the state agreed to pay $1.
July 13, 2000 |
In a setback for Gov. Gray Davis, the state Supreme Court refused Wednesday to consider a lower court decision that could free a Calabasas man convicted of killing a schoolmate who exposed him as a homosexual. In a brief order, the justices declined to review an appellate court decision forcing the state parole board to set a release date for Robert Rosenkrantz. Justice Janice R. Brown dissented.
July 4, 2000 |
California's prison population declined slightly over the last year, the first such decrease in more than two decades, Department of Corrections officials said Monday. The prison population of 161,401 in late June was 360 below the total last year at the same time, representing a year-to-year decline not seen in the nation's largest prison system since 1977.
July 1, 2000 |
The state parole board Friday set a release date for a convicted murderer because a court demanded it and threatened to hold members in contempt if they refused--a first in California history, according to attorneys involved in the case. The state Board of Prison Terms declared Robert Rosenkrantz of Calabasas suitable for parole 15 years after he murdered a schoolmate who exposed him as a homosexual. Board members said they did so only because an appellate court had demanded it.