California governor to place moratorium on death penalty

California governor to place moratorium on death penalty

California governor to place moratorium on death penalty

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. Twenty-four people now on California's death row were convicted of murder and have exhausted all of their appeals, the Times reported. "The number of men and women on death row who suffer from severe mental illness or impairment is shocking".

Newsom's order suspends the death penalty in the state, shuts down the death chamber at San Quentin, and ends the state's efforts to come up with procedures for lethal injections without risk of botched or painful executions.

"There is a lot of literature and studies out there that show that the death penalty is a deeply broken system for a lot of different reasons", the American Civil Liberties Union staff attorney Shilpi Agarwal said. "The intentional killing of another person is wrong". "We're poised to potentially oversee the execution of more prisoners than any other state in modern history", Newsom said in an interview with the LA Times before issuing the moratorium.

Newsom's decision comes after California voters have rejected ballot measures to abolish capital punishment twice since 2014.

Among those waiting on death row is Luis Bracamontes, an illegal immigrant who killed two law enforcement officers and said in court, "The only thing I [expletive] regret is I only killed two;" and Alberto Hinojosa Medina, who stabbed 21-year-old UCLA student Andrea Del Vesco 19 times in her apartment in Westwood in 2015 before setting the apartment on fire.

While Newsom's gesture may impress an increasingly left-wing Democratic Party base, it is sure to be controversial on both sides of the aisle.

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But Newsom has called the death penalty a costly "failure" that discriminates against the mentally ill, minorities and the poor.

The governor's office said Newsom's order will also immediately close the state's execution chamber at San Quentin Prison, but does not otherwise change any existing convictions or sentences - and will not lead to any death row inmates being released. 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". The order would also withdraw lethal injection regulations. Newsom said he anxious that the executions of more than 20 inmates who have exhausted their appeals would be resumed.

One of the demented killers Newsom plans on giving the free pass to is Davis, 64, one of the worst of the worst.

Newsom made the unusual decision through an executive order.

In 1990, Dianne Feinstein ran for governor as a pro-death penalty Democrat, views that were booed at the state Democratic Convention that year.

"The death penalty is immoral, discriminatory, ineffective, and proven to be unequally applied", she added.

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