Gov. Gavin Newsom will suspend death penalty in California

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin Calif

The lethal injection facility at San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin Calif

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.

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.

A 2011 study found that the death penalty had cost California taxpayers over $4 billion since its reinstatement in 1978.

"The intentional killing of another person is wrong, and as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual", he plans to say. Since the death penalty was reinstated by the Supreme Court in 1976, the state has executed 13 people. Twenty-five people on California's death row have exhausted all of their appeals.

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

"As conservatives, we applaud Governor Newsom's decision because the death penalty violates our beliefs in limited government, fiscal responsibility, and the value of life".

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This could create a challenge for Newsom, since his executive order would be denying the will of the California people. After that, a future governor could decide to resume executions.

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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. The California Constitution gives the governor power to grant reprieves to inmates, providing he reports his reasoning to the Legislature.

Brown said he was satisfied with his record number of pardons and commutations, though he never attempted to commute a death sentence, and with his sweeping changes that eased criminal penalties while reducing the prison population.

Across the country, 18 states and Washington DC have abolished the death penalty and others have issued suspensions. The foundation is in favor of the death penalty and helped draft the 2016 resolution to fast track executions. In California, voters in 2012 rejected a proposition that would have ended the death penalty - though only by a four-point margin.

"It's not supposed to be a weapon for blocking the enforcement of the law that the people have passed just because the governor disagrees with it", Scheidegger said.

But for prisoners convicted of two separate felonies, a population that includes more than half of the inmates on death row, the governor can not commute death sentences without the approval of the state Supreme Court. Richard Allen Davis was later sentenced to death for kidnapping, raping and murdering her. Jerry Brown during his last full month in office.

The governor told Cooper he called Trump privately to thank him for visiting Butte County in the aftermath of last year's deadly wildfires, the cause of which was its own source of discord between the two men.

"The disparities are very real and raw to me now especially as I spend every week working on the issues of paroles and commutations", he said.

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