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

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Newsom brought the death penalty to the forefront of public debate even though California has not executed a prisoner since 2006 after a federal judge ruled that the state's three-drug lethal injection cocktail was unconstitutional, according to Politico.

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday imposed a moratorium on the death penalty as the possibility of the first executions in the state in 13 years loomed, causing him a crisis of conscience.

The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star, 38, posted a series of tweets on Tuesday night, praising governor Gavin Newsom's decision to halt the death penalty in California. Trump says "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!" Trump has cultivated an image of himself as a tough-on-crime president and has said drug dealers should face the ultimate penalty.

Newsom, a Democrat, called the death penalty "a failure" that "has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can't afford expensive legal representation". His administration argues that capital punishment has been a failure, pointing at pervasive inequality running through the USA criminal justice system, the significant number of innocent people who have been wrongfully convicted, and evidence that the costly system doesn't increase safety. "When he told me that, a little piece of me died", he said. The order will not alter any current conviction or sentence, or lead to the release of any prisoner now on death row.

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Newsom's declaration also included an order to close the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and the withdrawal of a new execution protocol.

More than 700 inmates on America's largest death row are set for reprieve today as the governor of California announces a moratorium on capital punishment in the state.

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. In remarks Wednesday, Newsom plans to note that 25 inmates on California's death row have exhausted their legal appeals and "could soon be eligible for execution". It has wasted billions of taxpayer dollars. "But most of all, the death penalty is absolute, irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

California is one of 31 states with capital punishment. Over the last five years, two different attempts have been made to repeal the death penalty. "Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty".

But her stance was derirded by those who support the death penalty, with some mocking her for weighing in on such a weighty topic.

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