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Proposition 18

Official Title: Murder: Special Circumstances.
Legislative Initiative Amendment






Official election results are available from the Secretary of State's web site.

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Official Summary: Amends provisions of Penal Code section 190 defining the special circumstances where first degree murder is punishable by either death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole. Provides that a special circumstance exists for killing committed "by means of lying in wait" rather than "while lying in wait." Provides that a special circumstance exists where murder is committed while the defendant was involved in acts of kidnapping or arson, even if it is proved that the defendant had a special intent to kill, and the kidnapping or arson was committed to facilitate murder. Fiscal Impact: Unknown, probably minor, additional state costs.

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Contact Information


  Michael D. Bradbury
District Attorney
County of Ventura
800 S. Victoria Ave.
Ventura, CA 93009
    (805) 654-2501


  Mike Farrel, President
Death Penalty Focus of California
74 New Montgomery Street, #250
San Francisco, CA 94105
    (415) 243-0143

Who Signed the Ballot Arguments


  Honorable George Duekemejian, Former Governor of California
Honorable Michael D. Bradbury, DA of Ventura County
Mrs. Quentin L. (MARA) Kopp, Retired Social Worker
Mrs. Harriet Salarno, Chair, Crime Victims United of California




  Azim Khamisa, Founder, Tariq Khamisa Foundation
Wilson Riles, Jr. , Executive Director, American Friends Service
Senator John Vasconcellos, Chair, Senate Public Safety Committee
Most Reverend Sylvester D. Ryan, Pres., Calif. Catholic Conference
Mike Farrel, President, M J & E Production, Inc.
Senator Patrick Johnston, Chair, Senate Appropriations Committee

For More Information, CVF Recommends...

  Secretary of State's Vote 2000
Text of the Measure
Official Pro/Con Arguments
Analysis by the Legislative Analyst

  Easy Reading Voter Guide

  The League of Women Voters Pro/Con Analysis

  Original Bill Information and History

  The California Journal

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star image This page first published February 11, 2000 -- last updated March 8, 2000 star image