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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is putting a stop to the death penalty in California for now, issuing an executive order that provides temporary relief to more than 700 death row inmates, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Newsom’s order suspends the death penalty in the state, shuts down the death chamber at San Quentin, and ends the state’s efforts to come up with procedures for lethal injections without risk of botched or painful executions.

“The intentional killing of another person is wrong,” Newsom said. “And as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual.”

California voters have, more than once, affirmed their desire for a death penalty.

“The voters of the State of California support the death penalty,” said Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys. “That is powerfully demonstrated by their approval of Proposition 66 in 2016 to ensure the death penalty is implemented, and their rejection of measures to end the death penalty in 2016 and 2006. Gov. Newsom… is usurping the express will of California voters.”

Newsom himself acknowledged before being elected governor that the voters have made a decision on the issue, and he said he would respect that.

“[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.

Newsom believes the death penalty is ineffective as a crime deterrent, expensive, and racially discriminatory, saying it “discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can’t afford expensive legal representation.”

“I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people,” Newsom said in a statement.

Newsom’s order is in effect as long as he is governor. He has not committed one way or the other about whether he will push another death penalty repeal initiative in 2020.

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14 Comments
  • Sheila says:

    Liar. You haven’t banned abortion. It’s ok to murder the most innocent.

  • fred says:

    WHERE ARE THE IIGHTS OF THOSE WHO WERE MURDERED ? THIS CLOWN SHOULD GO FIRST,,,USE A FIRING SQUAD,,, BULLETS WORK FAST..

  • Buckwheat7 says:

    California becoming the most lawless state in this country. Liberals have ruined that once beautiful state. We need to build a wall around it.

  • Daniel Andrew Stevenson says:

    THESE LIBERALS ARE SO MESSED UP IN THEIR THINKING. SIGNING AN EXECUTIVE ORDER MAY SOUND POWERFUL TO THE EARS OF CONVICTED KILLERS. TO THOSE AFFECTED BY THE VILE DEEDS OF THESE KILLERS, IT IS OBVIOUS NEWSOME IS SLAPPING THEM IN THE FACE. CA.PROGRESSIVES YOU DESERVE WHAT’S COMING. MAYBE NEWSOME IS DOING A PREP RUN IN PRACTICING EO’S AS A HOPEFUL DREAMER TO BECOME PRESIDENT ONE DAY.

  • Michael Luetke says:

    I know someone who isnt getting reelected…

  • Ed says:

    Considering what’s going on with the Democratic Party today, this all makes perfect sense to me. Knowing full well that America DOES impose the death penalty, for most states, is scaring the hell out of the “donde votar” vote. Next, watch for the House to try to mix this in with any “wall” appropriation money.

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