USA - California. Governor Jerry Brown signed law to permanently retain records in capital cases

07 February 2018 :

Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 1443. AB 1443 would require the permanent retention of court records in capital felony cases in which the defendant is sentenced to death, "including records of the cases of any codefendants and any related cases, regardless of the disposition." Court reporter notes in death penalty cases would also be retained permanently. AB 1443 was introduced on February 17, 2017. On March 13, 2017 it was referred to the Assembly Judiciary Committee and the Assembly Committee on Public Safety, where it was unanimously approved. On May 18, 2017 the bill unanimously passed the Assembly by a vote of 69-0.  On June 1, 2017 the bill was referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it unanimously passed (6-0) on June 28, 2017. On July 20, 2017 the bill unanimously passed the Senate by a vote of 38-0.


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