Gov. Newsom places moratorium on executions in California

Gov. Newsom places moratorium on executions in California

"I've had to process this in a way that I didn't frankly anticipate a few months ago".

"It's not an abstract question any longer", he said. "This is about who I am as a human being, this is about what I can or cannot do".

"I can not sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings". Twenty-four people now on California's death row were convicted of murder and have exhausted all of their appeals, the Times reported. That means no executions while he's governor. A future governor would have the power to change their fate. But executions for 25 inmates who have exhausted their appeals could have resumed soon if those challenges were resolved, Newsom said.

"I met someone yesterday who said this is about eradicating evil, and you have a responsibility to eradicate evil by executing those on death row", he said.

His move is part of a larger swing in California away from tough-on-crime policies.

Governor Newsom further argued that the death penalty was a waste of money, failed to deter offenders, and was fundamentally flawed in that it is "irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

In 2016, California voters passed a ballot measure to expedite executions and defeated a measure to end the death penalty. California hasn't executed anyone since 2006.

For years, Democratic leaders have stalled and delayed executions because the death penalty violates their moral consciences. Over that same period, 79 death row inmates have died of natural causes and 26 have died by suicide, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. "Now the Governor has taken a position against the will of the people and using unilateral authority that he criticizes our president of using".

California Governor Gavin Newsom
California Governor Gavin Newsom

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.

"He's said conflicting statements".

"There is really nothing we can do about what the governor does", Oceanside police spokesman Tom Bussey said Wednesday.

It appears Californians may yet have another chance to weigh in. Though voters in 2016 narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up the punishment, no condemned inmate faced imminent execution.

"He's following in the footsteps of other governors who abused this power because they were frustrated by a law that they just personally disagreed with", Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, told the Los Angeles Times.

"We've never before had that type of leadership on one of these initiatives", said Levine, of San Rafael. "The systemic racism, the implicit bias, the overt bias, the whims of prosecutors based on geography, based on the will of people in the moment, fear and anxiety.... until we address that I don't think we can do what Saudi Arabia is doing and what North Korea is doing". "How do we administer justice properly?"

"For the past year, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system", Kardashian West began. He was sworn into office in January 2019.

He said he's considering commuting death sentences as "a next step" once state Supreme Court justices explain why they blocked several non-death commutations sought by former Gov.

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