Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop the death penalty in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop the death penalty in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom to stop the death penalty in California

President Donald Trump attacked Newsom for just that, tweeting Wednesday morning, "Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers".

Trump, of course, infamously called for the teenagers convicted in the Central Park Five jogging case to be executed, buying full page ads in NY newspapers demanding the state to bring back the death penalty.

Michele Hanisee, president of the LA ADDA, issued a statement Tuesday after Newsom's plan was announced, saying that he "is usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences via this hasty and ill-considered moratorium on the death penalty". Trump added that Newsom would probably deny the compliment.

While campaigning for the death penalty repeal measure in 2016, Newsom told The Modesto Bee editorial board he would "be accountable to the will of the voters" on the death penalty if he became governor.

Kent Scheidegger, the legal director of the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, said Newsom's order is an abuse of power.

"The moral leadership the governor is showing puts us in line with other countries and other states in terms of abolishing the death penalty", she said. Jerry Brown both "abandoned the state's defense of Proposition 8", which barred same-sex marriage in California. "And as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual", Newsom is expected to say. Californians rejected a ballot measure which would have ended the death penalty in 2016.

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With 737 inmates on death row, that equates to a possible 30 who are innocent, he said. And he's shuttering the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison that has never been used.

"The death penalty has been an abject failure". The reason for the lapse in executions is due to legal challenges against the state's method of lethal injection, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Responding to victims and rights groups who've spoken out against the move, Newsom said he hopes more can be done to support them without handing down death sentences. Over 700 prisoners are now on death row in California, although the state has not performed any executions in over a decade because of legal challenges to the state's lethal injection procedure. The move, which does not alter the convictions or sentences of any prisoners, made California the fourth state in the country to issue a moratorium on the death penalty, according to CNN.

Newsom said that as he spoke, the execution chamber at California's San Quentin State Prison was being dismantled and stressed that his order - which stands as long as he is governor - does not mean that any inmates already on death row would be released.

Kim Kardashian West is once again using her platform to advocate for political change. That's more than four times the amount of the second-deadliest state, Virginia, where there were 113 executions, or the third-deadliest, which is Oklahoma with 112 executions.

Newsom may feel strongly on this issue, but his decision certainly will appear to as a slap in the face to the victims and their families.

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