[Ed. – It’s a way of ensuring he won’t be governor long.]
During the past eight years, California voters have twice reiterated their support for the death penalty by defeating propositions seeking to overturn it.
If anyone was confused about Californians’ understanding of the death penalty representing an important part of justice, in 2016 they even passed a proposition calling for the speeding up of executions by shortening the decades-long appeals process.
In other words, Californians want the death penalty, and they want to it happen faster and more often.
Last week, despite this undeniable demand by the voters, California’s new Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, announced a “moratorium” on the death penalty in the state, effectively granting a reprieve to the 737 condemned killers on California’s death row.
The Bakersfield Californian issued an editorial blasting the governor’s move:
“… If opponents want to abolish the death penalty, they must convince voters. They must clear up judicial concerns over these executions. They must find ways to deliver assurances that people who commit some of the worst crimes will legally and humanely receive the worst punishment.”…