A civil liberties group on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that could slow California’s plans for resuming executions.
The ACLU of Northern California challenged a state law that gives the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation wide flexibility in establishing execution procedures.
Delegating such policy decisions to a state agency, the suit says, violates separation of powers provisions of the California Constitution.
The suit follows a Nov. 4 decision by the corrections department to finalize new regulations for conducting lethal injections and the subsequent passage of a ballot measure intended to expedite executions.
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