Pace of Executions in California May Be Up to Gov. Jerry Brown

When the California Supreme Court upheld a voter initiative in August to speed up executions, some death penalty advocates assumed lethal injections would resume before the end of the year.

The gurney inside the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. The facility was completed in 2010, but it remains unclear when executions might resume. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

The gurney inside the lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison. The facility was completed in 2010, but it remains unclear when executions might resume. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Three months after the court’s action, both backers and opponents of the death penalty concede that executions might be more than a year away.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration has yet to finalize an execution protocol, which is necessary to resolve a federal court case that has blocked lethal injection in California for nearly 12 years. An injunction stopping executions also is pending in state court.

“Brown is the shot caller” in the litigation over lethal injection, said Michele Hanisee, president of the Assn. of Deputy District Attorneys for L.A. County.

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