Another key point of Newsom's argument is the wrongful conviction and subsequent overturning of inmates on death row.
Trump, of course, infamously called for the teenagers convicted in the Central Park Five jogging case to be executed, buying full page ads in NY newspapers demanding the state to bring back the death penalty. "And as governor, I will not oversee the execution of any individual".
California has not executed anyone in more than a decade because of legal challenges to the state's execution protocol. Twenty-four people now on California's death row were convicted of murder and have exhausted all of their appeals, the Times reported.
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"It is a state people look to to set the tone for national policy", Shilpi Agarwal, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), told the Times.
"[Newsom] recognizes that California voters have spoken on the issue and, if elected governor, he'd respect the will of the electorate by following and implementing the law", said Dan Newman, a spokesman for Newsom when he was lieutenant governor.
"Reprieves, the governor does have the power to do that. To me this is the right thing to do". "At this time I don't see a legal challenge to the reprieve".
"California voters rejected the measure by a margin of 53% to 47%".
The president has always been irked by the Democratic leadership in California, including the newly elected governor Gavin Newsom.
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He said he's considering commuting death sentences as "a next step" once state Supreme Court justices explain why they blocked 10 non-death commutations sought by former Gov. Jerry Brown that did not involve condemned inmates.
Newsom's office said he can act unilaterally because he's enacting a moratorium, not changing anyone's sentence. Republican Illinois Gov. George Ryan was the first to do so in 2000, though Illinois has since abolished the death penalty. IL ultimately outlawed executions, as did Washington. It doesn't free anyone on death row. Just last month, two California prisoners who each had spent over 30 years on death row were freed after appellate courts found significant errors in their trials.
While Newsom and many advocates favor ending the death penalty, the California people voted in 2016 to keep it for those convicted for first-degree murder. "I've carved out my piece of all this". He directed the San Francisco county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, which in 2004 was a violation of state law. A repeal question also was on the ballot in 2016 with the question to speed up executions.
"I am hopeful that, that will one day occur", Newsom said Wednesday.
California's death houses one of every four condemned inmates in the United States. Another 26 committed suicide.
Cox told Newsweek she hoped other states will follow California and "and direct their resources toward programs that actually work to deter and solve crime".