Newsom described capital punishment as "a failure" and added that he believe it has "discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can't afford expensive legal representation".
"I can not sign off on executing hundreds and hundreds of human beings, knowing - knowing - that among them will be innocent human beings", Newsom said, citing examples of condemned inmates who were ultimately exonerated.
The move has been... "The death penalty will end in the United States". "The systemic racism, the implicit bias, the overt bias, the whims of prosecutors based on geography, based on the will of people in the moment, fear and anxiety.... until we address that I don't think we can do what Saudi Arabia is doing and what North Korea is doing".
Newsom has the constitutional power to unilaterally grant reprieves, as he did Wednesday, said Kent Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, which has been fighting in court to force the state to resume executions.
California has not executed anyone since 2006, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was governor.
Since the law does not change as a result of Newsom's order, California remains as one of the 30 states that has the death penalty.
Now they have their sights set on the next goal, said longtime anti-death penalty advocate Natasha Minsker: "The next step would be to go further and convert death sentences to life without parole".
The expected decision was derided by President Donald Trump Wednesday morning, who tweeted that Newsom was "defying voters" and that the "Friends and families of the always forgotten VICTIMS are not thrilled, and neither am I!" "California has historically been a massive producer of death sentences, but very rarely executes anyone", said Mandery, who has written several books on the death penalty.
Ellen Kreitzberg, a death penalty expert and opponent at Santa Clara University law school in California, welcomed Mr Newsom's move.
"For the previous year, I have immersed myself in learning about the criminal justice system", Kardashian West began. It's the same tactic he used in legalizing gay marriage in the city of San Francisco in 2004, singlehandedly (some would say) setting in motion a set of legal challenges and the Prop. 8 backlash that led to the historic Supreme Court decisions in 2013 and 2015 legalizing same-sex marriage.
This is pretty bold considering that voters rejected abolition of the death penalty just three years ago.
He cited the 164 people nationwide who have been freed from death row after they were found to be wrongfully convicted.
Across the country, 18 states and Washington DC have abolished the death penalty and others have issued suspensions.
Gov. Gavin Newsom has vetoed a law approved by the people.
Newsom said his ultimate goal is to end capital punishment. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection in 2005. Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys, said that Newsom is "usurping the express will of California voters and substituting his personal preferences".
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