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Assembly Democrats Announce Plans To Seek Death Penalty Moratorium

Sacramento, CA — A group of Assembly Democrats is announcing a plan to seek a moratorium on capitol punishment in California, citing the possibility of executing innocent people.

Assemblyman Paul Koretz says he will introduce a bill next year to halt executions until January 2009.

That´s about a year after a report is due from an expert panel established by the state Senate to examine how capital punishment is applied in the state.

Koretz said California stands “at grave risk of executing an innocent person” unless it first examines a range of issues associated with the death penalty.