Gov. Gavin Newsom of California (D) is set to sign an executive order suspending the death penalty in his state, granting reprieve to the 737 inmates on America’s largest Death Row, according to reports.
In a statement announcing the executive order, due Wednesday, Newsom called the death penalty “premeditated and discriminatory.”
“I do not believe that a civilized 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,” Newsom said, according to the San Fransisco Chronicle. “The death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.”
California has not carried out an execution since 2006. The executive order, as The Chronicle notes, comes after two attempts to repeal the death penalty at the ballot box, in 2012 and 2016, failed by slim margins.
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.
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
Trump, of course, infamously called for the teenagers convicted in the Central Park Five jogging case to be executed, buying full page ads in New York newspapers demanding the state to bring back the death penalty. The five were eventually exonerated and paid $41 million by the state after another man confessed to the assault.
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