California Gov. Gavin Newsom to Suspend Death Penalty, Defy Voters, Victims

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

President Donald Trump says he's not "thrilled" with California's plan to halt death penalty executions.

The governor also pointed out that there have been occasions in which innocent people had been put to death after being wrongfully convicted. I commend Governor Newsom for his decisive action today to place a moratorium on the death penalty in California.

Levine's district includes San Quentin State Prison, which houses California's death row and execution chamber. Nor should it be surprising that President Trump weighed in Wednesday morning to oppose Newsom's move.

Senator Kamala Harris, who is among a crowded field of candidates seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, said she welcomed Newsom's move to end the "deeply flawed system of capital punishment in California".

The governor is meant to sign the new order later on Wednesday. In recent years, other states have abolished the death penalty and several other governors have placed moratoriums on executions.

The state joins Colorado, Oregon, and Pennsylvania, which have similar bans, and 20 states that have abolished the death penalty, it said.

Newsom cited discrimination against minorities and the poor and his Catholic background as the reasons why he "will not oversee the execution of any individual".

In 1986, voters essentially recalled California Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other associate Supreme Court justices appointed by former Gov. In fact, the murder rate in states with the death penalty is consistently higher than in states without it.

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A US Government Accountability Office study published in 1990 found a vastly increased likelihood of a death sentence when the defendant was a person of color and the victim was white.

Governor Newsom took office in January and a death penalty moratorium was one of his campaign pledges.

The death penalty spat was the latest between Newsom and Trump, who recently clashed over California wasting federal money on a high-speed rail project. "It is rife with errors and racial bias", Hannah Cox, National Manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, said in a statement.

It does not provide for the release of any death row inmates from prison. But executions for more than 20 inmates who have exhausted their appeals could have resumed if those challenges were cleared up, and Newsom has said he anxious that it could happen soon.

Marc Klaas, a prominent victim's rights advocate, said Newsom told him personally Tuesday of his intention to sign the order in Sacramento, and he is not happy.

"Symbolically it is very significant", Robert Dunham, the executive director of the not-for-profit Death Penalty Information Center, told the Guardian.

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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