California governor to put moratorium on death penalty

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President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday to weigh in on Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom's Tuesday announcement that he would place a moratorium on all executions in his state.

California's voters have narrowly upheld the death penalty, most recently in 2016, when they voted to speed up the process.

Newsom recently called for more DNA testing in the case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who says he was framed in 1983 hatchet and knife killings of four people, including two children, in Chino Hills.

"Our death penalty system has been - by any measure - a failure". "The intentional killing of another person is wrong".

"I do not believe that a civilised society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people", he is expected to say. He also said that many innocent people have been wrongly convicted and sometimes put to death. 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".

Kim Kardashian is speaking out to voice her support for ending the death penalty.

Newsom himself acknowledged before being elected governor that the voters have made a decision on the issue, and he said he would respect that.

"I would not get my personal opinions in the way of the public's right to make a determination of where they want to take us" on the death penalty, he said.

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The other issue in pay is the constitutionality of the governor's executive order.

California is one of 31 states with capital punishment.

In some other states that have abolished the death penalty, the move away from capital punishment began with a governor who refused to sign death warrants, she said. Human Rights Watch believes these rights can not be reconciled with the death penalty, a form of punishment unique in its cruelty and finality.

Newsom's planned order drew criticism from some law enforcement groups, including the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, a prosecutors' association.

Preventing executions through a blanket action is an abuse of the governor's power, death-penalty supporter Kent Scheidegger told The Bee in an interview earlier this month.

The move will give a temporary reprieve to the 737 death row inmates in the state while annulling California's lethal injection protocol and closing San Quentin State Prison's execution chamber, the Los Angeles Times reported. Those on death row will remain in prison under the order.

The order would also withdraw lethal injection regulations.

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