A federal judge on Wednesday struck down the death penalty in California, calling the system arbritrary and unconstitutional. "California's death penalty system is so plagued by inordinate and unpredictable delay that the death sentence is actually carried out against only a trivial few of those sentenced to death," U.S. District Court Judge Cormac Carney wrote. "For all practical purposes then, a sentence of death in California is a sentence of life imprisonment with the remote possibility of death -- a sentence no rational legislature or jury could ever impose."
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An arrest warrant has been issued for a 24-year old Santa Maria-area man who carries a drug-resistant strain of tuberculosis. Local health authorities are warning people not to come in close contact with him.
On Friday, prosecutors announced five now-suspended players from the Cal Poly football team and a woman will face various robbery-related charges from an incident at a fraternity house just off campus.