California Governor Gavin Newsom is halting the execution of more than 700 condemned inmates on the nation’s largest death row for at least as long as he’s governor.
The Democrat governor’s office told The Associated Press he will issue an executive order Wednesday granting a reprieve to every condemned inmate.
Imagine how the families of the victims of the condemned prisoners will take this news. They are now victimized a second time by the very man they more-than-likely voted for governor.
Newsom is also withdrawing the lethal injection regulations, and he’s shutting down the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison, which has never been used because California hasn’t executed anyone since 2006.
Los Angeles County alone had 260 homicides in 2014, which comes to 6.7 per 100,000. One is too many in my book.
California voters have supported the death penalty, and in 2016 they voted to speed up the process. An average of 15 years on death row doesn’t seem like a penalty for the victim’s family and friends, many of whom will have died in that time and never lived to see justice for the murder of their loved one.
Newsom has made the claim that he can act unilaterally since he is not commuting anyone’s sentence, an act which requires in many cases to rely on the agreement of the state Supreme Court. What I ask liberals to do is think to yourself, what if Trump did that? The anger that will go through your mind shouldn’t be diluted all because a Democrat governor of California is doing it.
There are 737 death row inmates in California right now, the oldest case going back to 1978. Forty-one years the taxpayers of California have had to pay for that inmate, and we know that death row inmates cost a lot more to house than general population prisoners.
Newsom knows his move will be met with fierce political opposition.
The LA County that Association of Deputy District Attorneys argued Newsom is playing an end-run around the will of California voters who have supported the death penalty in the past. He is a Democrat, and Democrats do what is politically advantageous to them. Yes, in a state like California a Democrat coming out against the death penalty will score political points with the state’s progressive base, of which there are many in California.
“The voters of the State of California support the death penalty,” said association president Michele Hanisee. “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. Governor Newsom, who supported the failed initiative to end the death penalty in 2006, is usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences via this hasty and ill-considered moratorium on the death penalty.”
President Trump chimed in on Newsom’s plans.
“Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!”
Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers. Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 13, 2019
Many liberals are arguing that Pro-Life advocates shouldn’t have a problem with this, and that’s mainly because, well, they’re liberals and can not comprehend the difference of executing an innocent baby and executing a stone-cold killer who took the life of an innocent person.
For anti-death penalty advocates who claim it doesn’t act as a deterrent, I say having to wait an average of 15 years for justice wouldn’t work as a deterrent for any crime, which is why the voters of California sent a message that they want to death penalty processed sped up.
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