Elisabeth Semel Encourages Consistency in California’s Death Penalty

The Press-Enterprise, September 6, by Jessica Logan
Elisabeth Semel said the U.S. Supreme

Court ruled the death penalty should be reserved for the worst of the worst murders. She said prosecutors can pursue death on almost all first-degree murder cases in California because the laws are so broad. Semel said it is unfair for a person to face the death penalty for a crime in one county and life in prison a mile away in another county. She believes these rules should be uniform across the state.