'Abject failure': California suspends death penalty
- Author: Joey Payne Mar 14, 2019,
Mar 14, 2019, 1:03
The governor signed an executive order that halts executions for the 737 inmates now on death row, closes the never-before-used execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison and withdraws the state's lethal injections protocol.
Newsom's decision will be officially announced on Wednesday, according to the NYT. The expected decision was derided by President Donald Trump Wednesday morning, who tweeted that Newsom was "defying voters" and that the "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.
Trump is more likely signaling his defense of the death penalty to the country broadly than trying specifically to undercut Newsom. California has executed 13 inmates, while two were executed in other states. "I do want to rise above this politics, I think that's important and I think people expect that".
Not only is prison reform at the top of Kim Kardashian's to-do list, now she's taking aim at California's death penalty. California has approximately 740 prisoners on death row, more than twice as many as any other state. He will also make a principled claim against the death penalty on its merits, a view with which the majority of Americans have disagreed with every year since the 1970s. "Gov. Newsom.is usurping the express will of California voters". In California, voters in 2012 rejected a proposition that would have ended the death penalty - though only by a four-point margin.
Governor Newsom's office also stated that 25 inmates now on death row could have possibly faced execution if the new lethal injection method had managed to pass the courts.
"But most of all, the death penalty is absolute, irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error", he continued.
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".
California's governor is set to issue a moratorium on capital punishment in the US's most populous state, providing a reprieve for hundreds of inmates sentenced to death. "The intentional killing of another person is wrong". 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.
Eighteen states and the District of Columbia have already abolished capital punishment.
Today, it's hard to find a mainstream Democrat in California who supports the death penalty.
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.
Brown had focused on sweeping changes to criminal penalties and reducing the prison population.