Friday, September 30, 2016

Daily Corrections Clips


DEATH PENALTY

Jessica Calefati, The Mercury News

RED BLUFF — Sitting on a couch at his home in this remote farm town last week, Charles Erbert thumbed through a well-worn Bible to find the passage that captures his perspective on the most emotionally charged issue on November’s ballot: California’s death penalty.

“Scripture tells us not to kill, but it also tells us that he who strikes a man and kills him shall surely be put to death,” said Erbert, 65, whose pregnant wife and their unborn child were brutally slain in one of the Bay Area’s most gruesome crimes.

On a chilly Halloween night in 1984, William Michael Dennis donned a wolf mask to disguise himself as a trick-or-treater and used an 18-inch machete blade to slay San Jose resident Doreen Erbert, his ex-wife, and the 8-month-old fetus she had conceived with Charles, her second husband. The Erberts’ 4-year-old daughter, Deanna, hid behind a couch during the attack.

CORRECTIONS RELATED

Gustavo Solis, The Desert Sun

AB 2792 originally called for public approval before any police department in the state agrees to hand over inmates to federal immigration officials looking to deport immigrants.

The version signed into law Wednesday removes public approval from the process but makes communications between cops and feds public records. It also calls for public forums if and when law enforcement agencies transfer inmates to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“In its original form, AB 2792 would have seriously constrained routine law enforcement communications with the federal government," wrote Gov. Jerry Brown after signing the bill. "The author and proponents greatly modified these far reaching provisions, and the bill now reflects a measured approach to due process and transparency principles.”