Trump not 'thrilled' with California plan to halt executions

Cheryl Sanders
March 13, 2019

"I can not sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings knowing that among them there will be innocent people".

Newsom has always been a vocal opponent of the death penalty, stating the practice discriminates against people of color, mentally ill people and poor people, and that it has put to death those wrongfully convicted of crimes.

He also said innocent people had been wrongly convicted and sometimes put to death.

"I couldn't sleep at night", he said at the state capitol.

California hasn't executed anyone since 2006, when Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor.

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The California governor does not have the power to abolish the state's 1978 death penalty legislation permanently.

There hasn't been an execution in California since 2006, amid a years-long legal battle over the state's drug cocktail.

On Oct. 1, 1993 Davis kidnapped 12-year-old Polly Klaas from her southern California home. The American Civil Liberties Union called it "a watershed moment in the fight for racial equity and equal justice for all".

California has not executed anyone in more than a decade because of legal challenges to the state's execution protocol. "He said he's not going to allow executions on his watch to the extent that he can". "That doesn't make it the right thing to do", Scheidegger said. Trump added that Newsom would probably deny the compliment. More than three-quarters of Republicans support executions while only about a third of Democrats agree.

No death row inmates will be released, an administration source told Reuters.


"For the a year ago, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system", Kardashian West began. Jerry Brown that did not involve condemned inmates.

Other governors also have enacted moratoriums. Republican Illinois Gov. George Ryan was the first in 2000 and later was followed by governors in Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon. IL ultimately outlawed executions, as did Washington.

Newsom said the death penalty was not a deterrent, wasted taxpayer dollars and was flawed because it is "irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

Ellen Kreitzberg, a death penalty expert and opponent at Santa Clara University law school in California, welcomed Newsom's move. The order will reprieve all individuals sentenced to death in California. Newsom said that none of the inmates now on death row with have their sentences commuted, but will possibly be transferred back into the state's general prison population.

But a separate proposition voted on in 2016 won support for its demand to speed up executions in California.


"We commend California Governor Gavin Newsom on this common-sense step".

Execution chamber at the San Quentin prison.

Since 1973, a total of 164 prisoners nationally - including five from California - have been freed after they were wrongfully convicted, according to "The Innocence List" maintained by The Death Penalty Information Center. "I've carved out my piece of all this".

The lethal injection chamber at San Quentin State Prison, photographed in 2010. It lost by seven points while the other question was approved by two points. Another 26 committed suicide.

But as the state's demographics have changed, so too have California's politics.


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