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Californians vote to keep the death penalty

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e7613 (Published 09 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7613
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

Voters in California rejected a proposition on their ballots that would have ended the death penalty in the state by 53% to 47%.

Three former California governors—one Democrat and two Republicans—said they were in favor of keeping the death penalty.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have ended the death penalty. The most recent was Connecticut, which ended the penalty in …

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