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Should California resume executions? State moves a step closer

September 21, 2010 |  8:26 am

This January 1996 file photo provided by the California Department of Corrections shows the entrance to the execution chamber and the lethal injection table at California's San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif.

California moved a step closer to resuming executions after a five-year ban.

TalkBackLAA state appeals court Monday removed one of the few remaining impediments to the resumption of executions in California, helping clear the way for the lethal injection of an inmate later this month.

The state is scheduled on Sept. 29 to execute Albert Greenwood Brown, convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old girl in 1980. But a federal judge could still delay executions, and another inmate has challenged a new lethal injection protocol.

There has been much debate about whether the type of execution California administers is cruel. The state has remade he execution process and wants to resume the practice.

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Photo: The execution chamber and lethal injection table at San Quentin State Prison in 1996. Credit: California Department of Corrections