- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The Latest on California ballot measures to repeal or reform the death penalty (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Death penalty opponents are asking the California Supreme Court to block a ballot measure that would speed up executions in California.

Former state Attorney General John Van de Kamp says in a petition filed Wednesday that the death penalty reform measure would create confusion and upheaval in the courts.

Proposition 66 would reform the death penalty by assigning more lawyers to appeals and having trial court judges hear some appeals.

The measure was leading with about 51 percent of support in ballots counted, but was too close to call. A dueling measure to repeal the death penalty failed.

Supporters of the reform measure did not immediately have a comment on the court challenge.

The court petition says the measure will cost more money and limit the ability to mount a proper appeal.


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