Friend of the court, amicus curiae ––
Two East Bay government officials have joined with a third Bay Area official and submitted an amicus brief to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the case, Jones v. Chappell (Case No. 14-56373). In this brief, the writers describe real world dynamics surrounding the issue of the CA death penalty. The brief also discusses the unsuccessful attempts over the years by the CA legislature to fix the state’s death penalty system.
These current and former legislators believe CA’s death penalty system, as currently practiced, violates the Eighth Amendment’s prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. They agree with an opinion stated by US District Court Judge Cormac J. Carney in his order in a related case when he granted an order declaring California’s death penalty system unconstitutional and vacated petitioner’s death sentence. (Jones v. Chappell, 31 F.Supp.3d 1050 (C.D. Cal. 2014), Ninth Circuit Case No. 14-56302). See the docket information at the end of this post.
To read the full text of BRIEF OF LONI HANCOCK, MARK LENO, AND NANCY SKINNER AS AMICI CURIAE IN SUPPORT OF ERNEST DEWAYNE JONES UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT No. 14-56373 click here 57921047-Legislators-Amicus-Brief-Jones-Case
Loni Hancock currently represents many Alameda County communities in the CA State Senate. Nancy Skinner was a member of the CA State Assembly from CA’s 15th State Assembly district, a district that covers communities in the northern part of Alameda County. Mark Leno represents CA’s 11th State Senate district, which includes San Francisco and part of San Mateo County.
For legal researchers —
Or those who wish to track the 9th Circuit’s handling of this case. Here is additional information to help with your PACER searches:
Because these cases involve habeas petitions, the named respondent for the cases is the warden at the correction facility. Ron Davis was added as the defendant in December 2014. Kevin Chappell was terminated as a party in December 2014. Case names vary over time within the on-line records.
Here are links to Word documents providing information copied from the PACER court dockets as of 3/17/15 for this case and the related case. You will need a PACER account to obtain full text of other case documents.
Ernest Jones v Ron Davis 14-56373 general docket (active Ninth Circuit case 14-56373)
Jones docket death penalty underlying case (Ninth Circuit case 14-56302)