3 ex-governors to push Calif. death penalty reform

Former California Gov. Pete Wilson, speaks on behalf of former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Wilson is one of three former California governors trying to back legislation to speed up the state's death penalty process.
Former California Gov. Pete Wilson, speaks on behalf of former gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman. Wilson is one of three former California governors trying to back legislation to speed up the state's death penalty process. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Three former California governors will back a proposed ballot initiative designed to speed up the state's lengthy death penalty process.

Former Govs. George Deukmejian, Pete Wilson and Gray Davis plan to announce the start of signature-gathering efforts for a ballot measure at a midmorning Thursday news conference in Los Angeles.

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On a 2012 ballot, 53 percent of California voters rejected an initiative that would have repealed the death penalty.

Nonetheless, executions have been halted since 2006 because of lawsuits in federal and state courts over the three-drug lethal-injection method that had been used to carry out death sentences.

There are more than 700 prisoners on California's death row. 

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