President Trump Slams California Governor for Putting Pause on Executions

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks during a news conference at which he announced a moratorium on California's death penalty

"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 will say on Wednesday, according to prepared remarks obtained by the newspaper.

"Defying voters, the Governor of California will halt all death penalty executions of 737 stone cold killers", Trump wrote on Twitter.

By signing his executive order, Newsom will lower the country's death row population by a quarter. "The fact that so many states have abolished the death penalty - but California hasn't - has given people cover for this narrative that people are still supportive the death penalty". "It has provided no public safety benefit or value as a deterrent". Many have languished for decades, thanks in large part to litigation by death penalty opponents which has stopped up the machinery of execution since 2006.

"The death penalty has been an abject failure". It comes as some 20 men now on the state's death row have finally exhausted their opportunities for appeal, which is what prompted Newsom to act. Back then, the people voted on Proposition 62, which would have reduced the sentences for those convicts from the death penalty to life in prison without parole. But, no inmate will be released, and no sentence or conviction will be altered, Newsom's executive order says. A judge is reviewing the latest execution protocol submitted by the state, and Newsom believed that its approval could come soon - clearing the way for executions to begin in California again.

California is the sixth state where a governor has enacted a moratorium.

San Quentin State Prison in California

He said he's campaigned "vigorously" for the last two ballot measures where voters rejected repealing the death penalty. Thirty-six states have either abolished the death penalty, put executions on hold or not carried out an execution in at least five years. Human Rights Watch believes these rights can not be reconciled with the death penalty, a form of punishment unique in its cruelty and finality. The order will also immediate close San Quentin State Prison's execution chamber and put an end to the state's continued efforts to find a constitutional method for lethal injection, The Los Angeles Times reported.

His order also points to the 164 people who have been freed from death row after they were found to be wrongfully convicted. Republican Illinois Gov. George Ryan was the first in 2000 and later was followed by governors in Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon.

Despite recent polling indicating that support for the death penalty is at its lowest level since the early 1970s, Newsom's order still bucks the will of most California residents.

Kim Kardashian is speaking out to voice her support for ending the death penalty.

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

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