Death Row Inmates Saved From Execution By Governor Of California

Death Row Inmates Saved From Execution By Governor Of California

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.

Some supporters of the move pointed out that despite California's status as a blue state, Newsom's decision was a bold one in light of voters' recent support for state-sponsored executions.

"Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!" he tweeted Wednesday.

U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, applauded Newsom's decision.

"[Newsom] recognizes that California voters have spoken on the issue and, if elected governor, he'd respect the will of the electorate by following and implementing the law", said Dan Newman, a spokesman for Newsom when he was lieutenant governor.

The governor is meant to sign the new order later on Wednesday.

Newsom, a Democrat who took office in January, has been a staunch opponent of the death penalty, last carried out in California in 2006.

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals viewed historically as little more than a speedbump on condemned inmates road to
An execution chamber in a file

"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. It houses about a quarter of all death-row inmates in the nation. A judge is reviewing the latest execution protocol submitted by the state, and Newsom believed that its approval could come soon - clearing the way for executions to begin in California again.

"I was grateful to him", the governor said. Though voters in 2016 narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up the punishment, no condemned inmate faced imminent execution.

They were replaced by Brown's successor, Republican tough-on-crime Gov. George Deukmejian, a former attorney general who oversaw a vast expansion of California's prison system before he left the governor's office in 1991.

She continued: "I have met with and am very supportive of Governor Newsom and his decision to help bring an end to the California Death Penalty". His administration's regulations were stalled by challenges in both state and federal court, though those lawsuits may be halted now that Newsom is officially withdrawing the regulations. Scheidegger said that Newsom can grant reprieves to condemned inmates but cannot order the closing of the death chamber or the halting of the effort to find a new lethal injection. Jerry Brown over their opposition to the death penalty. California hasn't executed anyone since 2006, under then-Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and inmates are far more likely to die of old age.

A condemned inmate stands in a cell in the yard outside of San Quentin State Prison's death row adjustment center on August 15, 2016 in San Quentin, California.

Newsom noted that roughly 60 percent of death row inmates are people of color and many executed over the past year were mentally impaired.

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". 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.

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