California Will No Longer Pursue Three-Drug Lethal Injections

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(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

SAN FRANCISCO — California has dropped its legal efforts to win approval of a three-drug method of lethal injection and will instead propose  single-drug executions, a prisons spokesman said Wednesday.

At the direction of Gov. Jerry Brown, the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation decided against challenging a unanimous California appeals court ruling that blocked the three-drug method on the grounds it had not been properly vetted, Jeffrey Callison, a corrections department spokesman said.

He said he did not know when a new, single-drug method would be unveiled or which drugs the state was considering.

Law enforcement groups had wanted the state to appeal the May ruling by a three-judge panel of the San Francisco-based 1st District Court of Appeal, and during the appeal, to push forward with a new single-drug method.

Any new method of execution will be subject to public comment and review by a federal court. The process could take years.

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