It's been more than seven years since anyone was executed in California, but today in Northern California, an appeals court will hear arguments from the state about the death penalty.
At issue is California's method of execution, said Ellen Kreitzberg, a professor of law at Santa Clara University.
"There are several challenges to the death penalty, but the one they're hearing today deals with the state's procedures—or more accurately—their failure to follow procedures in writing the specific regulations in how to administer the death penalty, what drugs to use and how they should take care of inmates leading up to a execution," she said.
Kreitzberg explains that there are currently no regulations in place to administer a death penalty in California. But even if protocol is changed, it could be over a year before anyone is executed.
"The attorney general's office could say 'we're not going to keep appealing, let's just write a new procedure' ... but even that process would take somewhere close to 18 months,'" she said.
What do you think? Do you support the death penalty?