States without the death penalty

Published: Apr 27 2012 12:12:12 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 16 2014 03:37:15 PM EDT

A federal judge has struck down the death penalty in California, calling the system unconstitutional. Check out which states have done away with capital punishment.

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A federal judge on Wednesday struck down the death penalty in California, calling the system arbritrary and unconstitutional. "California's death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death," U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote. "For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death -- a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose."

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