The interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison. The California Supreme Court upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state's dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions. But critics of the ruling say it will only generate litigation, and not solve delays. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
The interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison. The California Supreme Court upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state's dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions. But critics of the ruling say it will only generate litigation, and not solve delays. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
The interior of the lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison. The California Supreme Court upheld a ballot measure narrowly approved by voters to change the state's dysfunctional death penalty system and speed up executions. But critics of the ruling say it will only generate litigation, and not solve delays. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

California’s death penalty speed-up is about to be undercut on a case-by-case basis. Here’s why.

August 30, 2017 5:30 AM

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