SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A victims' rights group is seeking to remove from the November ballot a measure that would abolish the death penalty.
The Criminal Justice Legal Foundation filed a petition with the California Court of Appeal on Monday. The Sacramento-based group argues the initiative violates a state law limiting propositions to single subjects. If passed, the measure would abolish the death penalty and allocate $100 million saved from eliminating death row to law enforcement agencies to help solve murder and rape cases.
The group charges the ballot measure is driving a "wedge" between two types of crime victims, those who support the death penalty and those yearning for solutions to unsolved cases.
Backers of the proposition say the measure is solely about abolishing the death penalty.