California to Halt the Death Penalty Reprieving 737 Death Row Inmates

Gavin Newsom Trashes Trump's Claim He Called Him 'One Of The Smartest People'

Gavin Newsom Trashes Trump's Claim He Called Him 'One Of The Smartest People'

California has executed 13 people since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976.

Ultimately, Newsom decided the moratorium was in the best interest of the state, because he believes the death penalty "is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian". As for Newsom, highlighting the issue could elevate his national profile, but could also ignite a firestorm of protest by crime victim advocates, President Trump and others.

Newsom's order is inevitably going to face challenges in court.

The reprieves Governor Newsom is now issuing will expire when he leaves office; his current term lasts until January 2023.

"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. Although Newsom has the constitutional authority to grant reprieves to condemned inmates, he does not have the power to order the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to shutter the death chamber or halt efforts to establish a lethal injection protocol, Scheidegger said. California hasn't executed anyone since 2006, under then-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and inmates are far more likely to die of old age.

The death penalty is not a new entrant to the political culture wars, but in recent years, the partisan split on the issue has widened.

And while California hasn't executed a prisoner since 2006, President Trump - whose eldest son, Donald Trump Jr.




"Our death penalty system has been - by any measure - a failure. Irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

"The intentional killing of another person is wrong and as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual", he said in prepared remarks. It comes as some 20 men now on the state's death row have finally exhausted their opportunities for appeal, which is what prompted Newsom to act.

Executions have increasingly been the domain of red states, thanks largely to Texas's dominance in capital punishment.

Gavin Newsom (D) on Wednesday announced an indefinite moratorium on the state's death penalty, suspending a practice he believes discriminates against marginalized communities while failing to make the state any safer.

Newsom, a liberal Democrat who was elected in 2018, has always been an opponent of the death penalty, and is thought to be building a national political profile as he eyes a possible future presidential campaign.

The Golden State has the largest death row in the United States, with some 737 inmates now residing there. Since 2014, there have been 134 executions in the United States, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Brown said he was satisfied with his record number of pardons and commutations, though he never attempted to commute a death sentence, and with his sweeping changes that eased criminal penalties while reducing the prison population.

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