Attorney general can't say if state will appeal ruling that death penalty is unconstitutional



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WEST SACRAMENTO, California — California's attorney general says it's too soon to say if the state will appeal a federal judge's ruling that the state's death penalty process is unconstitutional.

Kamala Harris said Thursday that a decision will be made by year's end on last week's ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney.

She says she personally opposes capital punishment, but will follow the law.

Harris says it's also too soon to know if Wednesday's botched execution in Arizona will have any affect in California. She says she doesn't know if any execution can be done humanely under current circumstances.

Harris made her comments after presenting valor awards to law enforcement officers at the California Highway Patrol Academy in West Sacramento.

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