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  1. #351
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    If he disagrees with the death penalty, then why not commute some of the death row inmates' sentences? Instead, he's gonna leave them on death row for another 4 or 8 years?

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    At the very least Newsom made his position clear when he ran last year.

    My guess on why he hasn't issues any commutes (yet) is to convince the voters to vote to abolish it when they almost certainly put it on the ballot again next year. Make them feel like it's pointless, if he were to commute any sentences that would weaken his argument.

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    The thing does it really matter stateside politically if he commutes? He's gonna win re election anyway.

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    Honestly I don't understand why anyone is upset about this. California was not going to execute anyone ever again anyways. Its been 13 years since they executed anyone, and more than 2 years since they passed that proposition that was supposed to restart executions. And nothing. There is no point. Why continue to spend money on it?

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    Video of the lethal injection gurney being removed and the gas chamber being dismantled and closed.



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    Gov. Newsom Signs Moratorium on Death Penalty in California

    By Eric Leonard and Andrew Blankstein
    NBC Bay Area

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that he is taking executive action to halt the use of the death penalty in California.

    Newsom signed the order Wednesday, granting a reprieve for the state's more than 730 condemned inmates for as long as he is governor. The order doesn't change existing convictions or sentences and no one will be released as a result of the action.

    At a Wednesday news conference, the first-term governor said his views on capital punishment were shaped 40 years ago by his grandfather and father, who advocated on behalf of wrongly convicted prisoners.

    "It's a very emotional place that I stand," Newsom said Wednesday. "This is about who I am as a human being, this is about what I can or cannot do; to me this was the right thing to do.

    "I was a young man learning that life story. I've gotten a sense over a course of many, many years over the disparities in our criminal justice system."

    In a statement issued earlier, Newsom said a civilized society can't claim to be a world leader as long as its government "continues to sanction the premediated and discriminatory execution of its people."

    Newsom had been calling elected officials around the state to share some information, but the official announcement was made Wednesday morning in Sacramento. Two sources familiar with the governor's plans confirmed plans Tuesday to NBC4's I-Team.

    California, which has 737 condemned inmates and the nation's largest death row, has not executed anyone since 2006. Newsom has been openly advocating for a moratorium on the death penalty and told the LA Times this week that he has asked his legal advisers to research his options as governor.

    "It doesn't necessarily square with the values... and the hearts and minds of tens of millions of Californians," Newsom said at a Wednesday news conference.

    Newsom's action is temporary, and a repeal of capital punishment would be up to California voters, who have consistently rejected statewide ballot measures to repeal the death penalty.

    In 2016, voters narrowly passed a ballot measure to speed up executions in California by fast-tracking appeals, but no condemned inmate was facing imminent execution. Current death row inmates include Scott Peterson, convicted in the death of his wife Laci, and Richard Davis, sentenced for kidnapping and strangling 12-year-old Polly Klaas.

    The last inmate to be executed in California was Clarence Ray Allen, killed Jan. 17, 2006 at age 76. Allen, sentenced to death on three counts of first-degree murder, was on death row for more than two decades before a lethal injection was administered.

    California now houses one of every four condemned inmates in the country.

    Early Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted his disagreement with Newsom. He said "friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!."

    Newsom "is usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences via this hasty and ill-considered moratorium on the death penalty," said Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy (Los Angeles County) District Attorneys.

    The governor's office sent emails that included the phrase, "...will announce a death penalty moratorium via executive action."

    An administration source in the governor's office said the order does the following:

    Puts in place an executive moratorium on the death penalty in the form of a reprieve for all individuals sentenced to death in California.

    Withdrawals California's lethal injection protocol.

    Immediately closes the execution chamber at San Quentin.

    States clearly the directive does not provide for the release of any individual from prison or otherwise alter any current conviction or sentence.

    Newsom's action is likely to face a court challenge, but aides said he is not changing any convictions or allowing for early release. A governor needs approval from the state Supreme Court to pardon or commute the sentence of anyone twice convicted of a felony.

    Last year, justices blocked several clemency requests by former Gov. Jerry Brown that did not involve condemned inmates.

    Other governors also have enacted moratoriums. Republican Illinois Gov. George Ryan was the first in 2000 and later was followed by Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon. Illinois ultimately outlawed executions, as did Washington.

    U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, applauded Newsom's decision.

    "As a career law enforcement official, I have opposed the death penalty because it is immoral, discriminatory, ineffective, and a gross misuse of taxpayer dollars," she said in a statement.

    The California Innocence Project, which works to exonerate people on death row in the state, lauded the upcoming announcement.

    "It has been my dream for many years that we would end the human rights violation known as the death penalty in California," Justin Brooks, Director of the California Innocence Project and a Professor at California Western School of Law, said in a statement. "It is certain that as long as there is the death penalty there is the risk of executing innocent people. I am proud of our new Governor for taking this bold step."

    The District Attorney's Association also responded to the planned announcement:

    "The voters of the State of California support the death penalty," Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys said in a statement.

    "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."

    Equality California, the nation's largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, also responded to the planned action:

    "Equality California applauds Governor Newsom for the principled leadership he has demonstrated through this decision," Rick Zbur, executive director of the organization, said in a statement. "Fairness and equality are fundamental California values. But these core values are not reflected in our state's broken death penalty system. We cannot accept a system in which certain communities — especially communities of color and the LGBTQ community — are disproportionately vulnerable simply because of our race, our sexual orientation or gender identity, how much money we have or where we are from."


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    Appalling, disgusting, horrific: Families speak out against death penalty reprieve

    By Sam Stanton
    Sacramento Bee

    Disgusting. Appalling. A punch to the gut.

    Law enforcement leaders and family members waiting to see their loved ones’ killers put to death reacted with these sentiments and others Wednesday to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s announcement that he was effectively scrapping California’s death penalty and granting reprieves to more than 700 death row inmates.

    “It’s just an open wound that never heals,” said Richard Mobilio, whose 31-year-old son David, a Red Bluff police officer, was gunned down in an ambush in 2002 and who has been waiting for the killer to face execution since the 2005 conviction in the case.

    “I’m very disappointed,” said Mobilio, who learned from news reports that his son’s killer, Andrew Mickel, would be given a reprieve along with the other condemned inmates.

    “We’re not forgivers and forgetters in this regard,” Mobilio said. “I hate to be so obviously a case of ‘vengeance is mine,’ but I have to be honest with you ... I want to see him pay the penalty.”

    Mickel is now 40, and Mobilio said Wednesday that he still holds out hope that the inmate may someday face execution under a different governor.

    “If there is a prospect that he pays that penalty, I fully support it,” he said. “Whatever it takes legislatively or through whatever vehicles there might be.”

    Marc Klaas, whose 12-year-old daughter Polly was kidnapped from her Petaluma home and murdered in 1993 by Richard Allen Davis, had a similar reaction.

    “Obviously, I’m appalled,” Klaas said as he was conducting a series of media interviews about the governor’s decision. “I’m appalled by him doing that, and I’ve got plenty of reasons.”

    Newsom, in a news conference at the state Capitol, insisted he has the authority to halt the execution process in the state and said that the apple-green death chamber at San Quentin State Prison was being dismantled as he made the announcement.

    But law enforcement leaders pushed back – hard – at the notion that he could simply ignore the fact that the death penalty is on the books as a California law and that voters have reaffirmed support for it three times in recent years.

    “It’s disgraceful to the victims that have waited decades for the imposition of sentences that juries have made, decisions in a state were we have for more than 40 years time and time again said this is an appropriate punishment in the rarest of circumstances,” said Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert, whose office helped send a convicted cop killer to death row last April.

    “Now, with the stroke of a pen, one person overrides the will of the voters and the decisions that juries have made? I am confident that there will be a lot of statewide effort to determine whether what Gov. Newsom’s doing is even legal.”

    Schubert, whose office sent Luis Bracamontes to death row last year for the 2014 slayings of Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy Danny Oliver and Placer County Sheriff’s Detective Michael Davis Jr., said her office would not be bowed from seeking death penalty prosecutions in the future where deemed appropriate.

    “The voters of California have passed a law saying they want the death penalty, that’s the law,” she said. “He cannot preclude a prosecutor or DA’s office from seeking it.

    “There’s nothing stopping us from seeking capital punishment in a case where we feel it’s appropriate.”

    Schubert was expected to discuss Newsom’s decision Wednesday with Sandy Friend, the mother of 8-year-old Michael Lyons, a Yuba City boy abducted, raped and tortured for hours in 1996 before being stabbed more than 60 times by Robert Rhoades.

    Friend said the governor’s move “has silenced all of us, it’s just absolutely horrific.”

    “We’re talking about the worst of the worst,” Friend said of death row inmates. “The worst of the worst he is going to give forgiveness to.

    “My son was 8 years old against a 43-year-old man who brutalized him for hours and hours, and tortured him just for the sheer pleasure of doing it. I can’t imagine that lethal injection is an inhumane punishment for him.”

    Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said Newsom’s action defies “the repeated will of the voters.”

    “He has also re-victimized the families of sexually tortured and murdered children, murdered peace officers, and other victims of horrific crimes, in favor of the most depraved among us who have been judged and sentenced to death by a jury of their peers,” Jones said in an email. “I would challenge him to reach out to the families of Deputy Danny Oliver and Detective Mike Davis, as well as the families of all those victimized by the 737 violent criminals who have earned their right to face death because of their evil acts, to try and justify this action.”

    Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell, who was in court last year with Jones as a jury recommended death for Bracamontes, said he was “profoundly disappointed” by Newsom’s move, and wondered aloud how the decision will impact his deputies, including Detective Davis’ brother, Jason, who is also with the department.

    “I just find this so saddening,” Bell said. “ I don’t know what I’m going to say to Jason. I think (deputies) would share my profound disappointment. Our entire agency knows this too well.”

    Bell said the fact that there was little chance of Bracamontes facing execution any time soon – no inmate has been put to death in California since 2006 – did not affect his satisfaction in knowing that it was at least possible before Newsom’s announcement.

    “Realistically, was he going to be executed in my career? No,” the sheriff said. “But there was some closure in knowing that he was on death row and that could eventually happen.

    “Now, that’s all been stayed.”

    "I realize this may sound harsh, but as a father and former lawman, I really don't care if it's by lethal injection, by the electric chair, firing squad, hanging, the guillotine or being fed to the lions."
    - Oklahoma Rep. Mike Christian

    “There are some people who just do not deserve to live,”
    - Rev. Richard Hawke

    “Men have called me mad; but the question is not yet settled, whether madness is or is not the loftiest intelligence"
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    With his announcement that he is granting sentencing reprieves for all death penalty eligible murderers on California’s death row, Governor Gavin Newsom has substituted his own opinion for the repeated decisions of the state’s voters, according to the Sacramento-based Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.

    “The people have voted for the death penalty eleven times since 1972, including three times in the last seven years,” said Foundation Legal Director Kent Scheidegger. “The Governor’s decision to grant a blanket reprieve to prevent executions is an abuse of power and a slap in the face of the families of murder victims,” he added.

    There are currently 24 murderers on the state’s death row who have exhausted all appeals and are currently eligible for execution. The only obstacle is a series of stays of execution issued by the Federal District Court in San Francisco since 2006. The stays should have been lifted and the case dismissed when California adopted a new protocol with the method of execution previously approved by the court. But without an Attorney General or a Governor willing to challenge the stays in a higher court, they have remained in place to prevent any executions.

    In January, on behalf of the families of five murder victims, the Foundation filed a Petition for Writ of Mandamus in the Ninth Circuit to lift the stays and prevent the district court from granting any more unless and until the challengers make a case against the new protocol that meets the standard for stays set by the Supreme Court.

    “With the strong possibility that the delay of executions of the state’s worst murderers was about to end, the Governor has decided to thwart the will of the people and the judgment of over 700 juries to prevent the enforcement of the law,” said Scheidegger.

    The Foundation’s petition is available here:



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    Elect me Governor of California....I'll show you how to thin the herd out on death row! Those 24 inmates who are eligible will go the first month I'm in office.

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    California's death penalty system to begin with was a slap in the face of victims and California voters.

    Elect me Governor of California....I'll show you how to thin the herd out on death row! Those 24 inmates who are eligible will go the first month I'm in office.
    While I'd love to douse the whole place in gasoline and burn their death row to the ground with every scum bag in it, I'm pretty sure that's not how it works in California.

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