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Trump not 'thrilled' with California plan to halt executions

Trump not 'thrilled' with California plan to halt executions”

Gavin Newsom's announcement that he will abolish the death penalty in his state and grant a reprieve to some 737 death row inmates has sent shockwaves through the nation.

"We should not be OK with the risk that an innocent person could be executed", she added, calling for "better solutions". "But most of all, the death penalty is absolute, irreversible and irreparable in the event of human error".

With Newsom's move, California joins Colorado, Pennsylvania and OR as the fourth state to place a moratorium on the death penalty, though the length and reasoning for the moratoriums vary from state to state.

Newsom has always been a vocal opponent of the death penalty, stating the practice discriminates against people of color, mentally ill people and poor people, and that it has put to death those wrongfully convicted of crimes.

Marc Klaas, a prominent victim's rights advocate, said Newsom told him personally Tuesday of his intention to sign the order in Sacramento, and he is not happy. "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 plans to say that the death penalty is racist and classist. Human Rights Watch believes these rights can not be reconciled with the death penalty, a form of punishment unique in its cruelty and finality.

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While the order is largely symbolic - California has not executed an inmate since 2006 amid legal challenges - it still marks a major victory for opponents of capital punishment given the state's size and its national political influence. With a judge's approval, however, executions could quickly resume in the absence of the executive order. Voters that year also favored fast-tracking the appeals process, speeding up convicted killers' time on death row, through approving Proposition 66.

President Donald Trump weighed in on Newsom's decision Wednesday morning, presumably after catching the news on Fox & Friends, and said he was "not thrilled" by the decision.

Stunning news in California: newly installed Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, will on Wednesday order an immediate suspension of the death penalty in the state for the duration of his term.

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.

Seventy-nine condemned California inmates have died of natural causes since the state reinstated capital punishment in 1978.

The state has 737 people on death row. His administration's regulations were stalled by challenges in both state and federal court, though those lawsuits may be halted now that Newsom is officially withdrawing the regulations. The order will not alter any current conviction or sentence, or lead to the release of any prisoner now on death row. "Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty", she wrote.



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