Since 2009, Corey has secured 21 death sentences, 14 involving African American defendants. Three escaped execution on appeal, but 18 others remain on death row. This is more than twice the number of death row cases in the next-highest district during the same period.
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A remote controlled stun device has been found to alter the demeanor and capacity to communicate of defendants in open court. But a California Supreme Court rejected those concerns in upholding a death sentence this week.
"These four walls are your life. Being in that environment for 23 hours a day will slowly kill you. Mentally, you have to find some way to live as if you were not there. If you cannot do that, you will die a slow mental death and may actually wish for your physical death."