Release Date:  April 18, 2012
Contact:  Michael Rushford
(916) 446-0345

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PRESS CONFERENCE
WHEN: 11:00 A.M., Thursday , APRIL 19
WHERE: Front steps, CRIMINAL JUSTICE LEGAL FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS
  2131 L STREET, SACRAMENTO
ABOUT: LEGAL ACTION TO FORCE A RESUMPTION OF EXECUTIONS IN CALIFORNIA
WHO: BRADLEY WINCHELL, whose sister Terri Winchell, was murdered in 1981 by death row inmate Michael Morales
  MARK KLAAS, father of Polly Klaas, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1993 by death row inmate Richard Davis
  JAN SCULLY, Sacramento County District Attorney
  KENT SCHEIDEGGER, Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

On Thursday, April 19, the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation will hold a press conference to announce its filing of a petition on behalf of Bradley Winchell in the Third District Court of Appeal. The petitioner is seeking a writ of mandate ordering the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to designate a one-drug protocol for the execution of Michael Morales, who has been on death row since 1983. Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson are co-counsel in this legal action. In 1981 Morales, strangled, beat, raped, and stabbed to death 17-year-old Terri Winchell. All of Morales’s state and federal appeals were completed in 2005, but his February 2006 execution was stayed by a federal judge considering Morales’s challenge to California’s three-drug lethal injection process. The federal court’s consideration of that claim has now taken six years. The Foundation argues that throughout this period the CDCR has had the authority to implement a one-drug protocol to execute Morales, which has been approved by the federal court and is in use in the states of Ohio, Washington, and Arizona.”