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Death Penalty Foes Unclear on Exonerations

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California´s death penalty opponents say as many as five Death Row inmates have been exonerated while 10 have been executed.

That´s a track record similar to Illinois, where the governor commuted all the death sentences in January. The actual innocence of the five California inmates isn´t clear.

They include an acknowledged cop-killer who was freed on the grounds he acted in self-defense, and two men convicted of being present as their accomplices committed the actual murders.

Prosecutors say not a single formerly-condemned California inmate has been exonerated — nor have any of the 617 inmates currently awaiting execution demonstrated actual innocence.

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