Death Row Inmates To Get Reprieve As Gov. Newsom To Place Moratorium On Death Penalty

March 12, 2019 23:03 pm · 143 comments

Death row inmates in California are getting a reprieve Wednesday as Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to place a moratorium on the death penalty in the state, his office announced Tuesday.

The move immediately closes the execution chamber at San Quentin State Prison where executions in California are carried out, though no one has been executed since 2006.

Currently, there are 737 condemned inmates in California.

“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 in a statement.

“In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian,” he said.

Newsom said the bottom line is the death penalty has been a failure. Newsom said the mentally ill, black, brown and people who cannot afford expensive legal representation are discriminated against by the system
and it makes the public no safer nor works as a deterrent.

Most of all, Newsom said, it is irreversible if the system ends the life of an innocent person.

The moratorium Newsom will announce Wednesday also withdraws the state’s lethal injection protocol.

The moratorium does not change any inmate’s sentence or conviction or prompt their release from prison, the governor’s office said.

State Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, issued a statement supporting the governor’s decision.

“I applaud Governor Newsom for his courageous decision to stop to all executions in California,” Wiener said, adding that the death penalty does not make communities any safer, is immoral and discriminates along racial lines.

But the Association of Deputy District Attorneys opposes the decision. Association president Michele Hanisee said in a statement that California voters support it and Newsom is “substituting his personal preferences” in “this hasty and ill-considered moratorium.”

QUESTION: Do you agree or disagree with the Governor’s decision?

mike March 12, 2019 at 11:08 PM

The majority of CA voters disagree with this.

Just one more thing for criminals not to be afraid of. CA is the state of anything goes, unless you are cheating on college acceptance, then they throw the book at you………..

MEV March 13, 2019 at 2:42 PM

I’m sure they all thought they would never be found out. Wild! You can buy anything in USA except 100% health and happiness.

badmedia March 17, 2019 at 8:30 AM

Gavin needs to go!

Original G March 12, 2019 at 11:27 PM

Deterrence of crime can only hope to be effective if the price of committing the crime is too great to risk.

Where is Justice for the dead and families?
Families who will be victimized again tomorrow . . . .
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6802429/California-governor-halts-execution-737-condemned-inmates.html

Anyone hears of a recall petition let us know, I’ll sign it.

Rob March 13, 2019 at 9:14 AM

Texas puts lots of folks to death – but there are still murders committed down there…

Rollo Tomasi March 13, 2019 at 12:42 PM

“Texas puts lots of folks to death – but there are still murders committed down there…”

How many committed by criminals that have been executed?

Chicken Little March 13, 2019 at 1:05 PM

Rob,
I can guarantee you that the people who are executed in Texas do NOT commit any more crimes.

Doh March 14, 2019 at 8:01 AM

The death penalty does not deter. The perpetrators don’t care. They don’t think that far ahead. The founders shaped the laws so the guilty go free rather than an innocent person gets convicted.

But Newsom should respect the wished of the voters since that vote was recent.

FGN March 12, 2019 at 11:49 PM

Gavin Newsom is an adulterating, lying, cheat. AKA: the face of the CA Democrat party. No shock that he’s siding with the worst of the worst criminals, than the best (or even the average) of Californians. I blame the blind California voter over the political hacks like Gavin, but he’s pretty bad in his own right.

Living downtowni March 13, 2019 at 12:10 AM

I don’t like it but we don’t execute those who have been convicted. The automatic appeals process drags on for 25 years or more. Only 13 executions have taken place in the last forty years at a cost of 5 billion (yes billion) for 13 guys. safecalifornia.org/how-much-does-californias-death. Richard Allen Davis will live out his days in a cell. A gift he doesn’t deserve.

Max March 13, 2019 at 11:47 AM

Scott Peterson too, another one who should not see the sun rise. It is cruel to kill’ a convicted murder, but not an innocent baby near birth. Babies can’t vote. Maybe the prisoners will get to vote when convicted felons get the vote.

I’m Forgotten March 13, 2019 at 1:02 AM

Grand Stander Hypocrite!
I am personally against the d penalty but I thought G man was against decree’s? Como No? The people have spoken. The Governor will save us all!

S March 13, 2019 at 1:05 AM

I would support removal from office

Nunya March 13, 2019 at 4:07 AM

with the penalty criminals will no longer fear the law. all thanks to this idiot who doesn’t live in the real world. FY newsome

ConcordRes March 13, 2019 at 4:31 AM

Laughable. This state had gone to hell in a hand basket. That is f’d up.

SeaMoors March 13, 2019 at 4:41 AM

When is he going to put a moratorium on abortions?

Steven Powers March 13, 2019 at 5:49 AM

I do not agree with this decision

weppin March 13, 2019 at 5:58 AM

Meanwhile the slaughter of the innocent unborn (and soon, full term babies?) goes on unabated. Very confusing times we live in.

Dr. Jellyfinger March 13, 2019 at 8:44 AM

It’s the new DNC motto “Kill babies, Not criminals”

Ricardoh March 13, 2019 at 10:03 AM

Dr. Jellyfinger “Kill babies, Not criminals” That deserves to be on billboards all over this state.

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 1:56 PM

Liberals don’t have to have a coherant approach to something like executions and abortion, because they’re completely crazy.

ZZ March 13, 2019 at 6:04 AM

I wonder if he thinks full term abortions are part of a “civilized society”.

BOOYAH! March 13, 2019 at 6:44 AM

“…as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people …” Its people? You mean it’s murderous animals? Oh wait, you must be talking about the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its unborn (which have no criminal record btw.)

“In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian …” Bedrock values? How did we let one man get so much power? I’m with Original G, time for a recall.

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM

California has recalled its Governor for much less

Paul March 13, 2019 at 6:47 AM

There should be a guilty without any doubt verdict, and anyone so convicted should be immediately put down. They should get no sympathy; no bleeding hearts; no moral argument; no religious objections. Richard Davis is a prime example; all the Manson pinheads should have been long gone, as well. Being found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt means there might be a little doubt left, so they should get life until it can be proven they are innocent.

KenInConcord March 13, 2019 at 6:56 AM

Imagine a world where politicians actually did the things they promised during the campaign.

Imagine a world where politicians are required to tell you what they actually will do once they are in office.

D. Rice March 13, 2019 at 8:50 AM

Imagine a world where politicians who promise one thing and then do different actuslly get bodily ousted, dragged from their office, tarred, feathered, and rode out past the city limits on a split rail.
We suffer this B.S. because they believe us to be all sound and fury signifying nothing; and they’ve good cause. California citizens’ last fit of indignation tossed Davis out, but look at all we’ve taken in the shorts since; most all of it with little more than complaints among ourselves.
We’re complacent in the misery imposed upon us.

MoJo March 13, 2019 at 7:13 AM

The new leader of the Clown Train has spoken so be good little citizens and go along. Do not resist the master plan which is to drive out all of the conservative right leaning thinkers and capitalists and welcome the socialists, the criminals and the illegals so the liberal democratic voting base remains intact.

Sign from Above March 13, 2019 at 7:15 AM

Once again a California politician shows that the will of the people means nothing. The majority of California voters have spoken many time in the past that we are not only for capital punishment, but we want it done in a more expedient manner. That means nothing to Newson. Lets get rid of it all together.

Bedazzled March 13, 2019 at 7:20 AM

This is excellent news knowing I can do any crime I want in Ca and will live on…and I mean ANY crime.
Way to go Newscum, you’re a new low…

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 10:53 PM

Not only that, but you will be clothed, fed, housed, and given medical, dental, and vision care for the rest of your life.

THE ANIMAL March 13, 2019 at 7:41 AM

Absolutely bulls@#t!!!!!! The people DID NOT vote that way! Get the liberal
P.O.S.s out of office……………………….

Cautiously Informed March 13, 2019 at 7:50 AM

The California Democratic Party – The friend to criminals and supporter of crime.

Hayden Barsotti March 13, 2019 at 8:04 AM

There again it’s one person, a judge, governor, etc. that circumvents the will of the people. California voted to keep this in place. Why bother with the law since it’s disregarded anyway.

D. Rice March 13, 2019 at 8:38 AM

EXACTLY!

A government that ignores the people must expect three people to return the disfavor.

Gun control? What gun control?
Spare the air? Can’t burn what? When?
New law? Yeah, and…?

Oh, I beg your pardon, California; were you talking to me?
Yeah? Well DON’T!
If I want your opinion I’ll tell it to ya! Otherwise shaddap!

A lawless government will have lawless citizens.

Calendar Girl March 13, 2019 at 8:10 AM

So if they’re not on “death row” any longer, will it save the taxpayers a lot of money? Will they get put in the general population with the “lifers” now?

WC March 13, 2019 at 8:22 AM

He speaks of his bedrock values. Sorry dude you should act on the will on the voters values. We voted twice to keep the death penalty and just recently to allow a swifter appeals process. Thanks for taking my votes into consideration. This is democracy?

Are they increasing the size of the doorways in Sacramento so his big head will fit through.

Old-school guy March 13, 2019 at 9:05 AM

My values do not include being lenient to murderers.

Mark March 13, 2019 at 8:22 AM

He just lost my vote with this. I will not vote for him again. Libertarian Party is looking better & better…..

MikeyV March 13, 2019 at 9:53 AM

You voted for him once? What were you thinking was gonna happen.

I voted for Cox, and I’m frikin proud to say it.

Mark March 13, 2019 at 1:36 PM

Never again. I heard his radio news conference this morning. That cemented it. I don’t know what I was thinking.

mtzman March 13, 2019 at 6:46 PM

You guys do realize that John Cox was opposed to the death penalty, right?

Chicken Little March 13, 2019 at 9:59 PM

It’s not about whether he’s for or against the death penalty. It’s about completely ignoring the will of the people and doing whatever YOU want instead of what the people who elected you voted for.

mtzman March 14, 2019 at 1:25 PM

By all accounts, a majority of Americans oppose Trump’s wall. Both houses of Congress have rejected his emergency declaration and yet he is still moving forward. How is Newsom acting any different from Trump?

Look, there hasn’t been an execution in California in thirteen years. The last governor to commute a death sentence was Ronald Reagan in 1967. Newsom has long opposed the death penalty, as did John Cox, the Republican who ran against him last year. And Newsom didn’t even eliminate the death penalty; he simply placed a moratorium on executions that he or future governors could lift. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone here, but it does show, once again, just how out of touch some of you really are.

Rollo Tomasi March 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM

Anyone who has an objection to any presidential executive order should have the same objection to this.

Giddyup March 14, 2019 at 2:39 PM

@mtzman Newsom isn’t President of the United States. Newsom is ONLY the Governor of California. Although he might think he’s all that and a bag of chips, I’m afraid his ego has gotten in the way of his leadership.

mtzman March 14, 2019 at 10:04 PM

Right, and the action he took only applies to the state of California. What’s your point?

ConcordMike March 13, 2019 at 8:25 AM

Let’s fix the real problem of lengthy appeals process and execute as soon as convicted. Much cheaper. I feel bad for the people who are wrongfully convicted, but circumstances sometimes bring about bad luck. There are reasons someone is wrongfully convicted, and it’s usually because they are a bad egg in another way. It’s called karma.

Paladin March 13, 2019 at 8:27 AM

Gavin is a committed liberal. He is a very bright guy who is very personable when the cameras are running. He could not be more wrong but he continually puts his ideas above the will of the people.

Sick of it March 13, 2019 at 8:37 AM

At this point I might as well become a criminal. At this rate they have more rights and protections against prosecution and punishment for there crimes than I do to have a safe community free of crime to live in. Need to kick the Democratic Party out of office if we ever want to save California

Josan Pilson March 13, 2019 at 8:38 AM

This state is BROKEN!!! The governor has no feelings for the victims of those people. It’s sad that our leader has no concept of being a victim of a heinous crime that requires such justice.

Cellophane March 13, 2019 at 8:40 AM

“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 in a statement.

“In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian,” he said.

And yet abortion is encouraged.

There is something very very wrong about this.

Kentucky Derby March 13, 2019 at 8:41 AM

I’m against this decision, but they sit on death row forever, waste taxpayer money with their endless appeals and die naturally before given the needle. In the long run, it probably won’t make any difference.

As far as deterrence to crime, there is no such thing. If so, you wouldn’t have someone with no criminal record committing murder in states with the death penalty.

WC March 13, 2019 at 10:12 AM

But it’s a great negotiating tool…. hey bad guy tell us if you murdered anyone else or we’ll give you the death penalty.

Chicken Little March 13, 2019 at 1:11 PM

You have no way of knowing how many potential murderers have been deterred by the death penalty. We don’t keep track of murders that were never attempted.

Bedazzled March 13, 2019 at 8:48 AM

Hey Newscum, may I suggest you be the next jumper off the GGB.

RANDOM TASK March 13, 2019 at 8:51 AM

Hmmm I thought the politicians were crowing about the will of the people and raising taxes and bridge tolls for better roads
Seems newscum just like brown2.0 are just making moves to secure more money to fund illegals
Abortion is too hot a topic for a dem …it’s easier to pander to the low income for votes then actually do any work

Best part is when you hear people bashing potus because he does not speak eloquently and smooth and slick
Newscum is a prime example of dem rhetoric and smooth talking to boost his own ego
Like Oscama he tells you that you can keep your insurance and nothing changes ….shall we have a pole of the number who did not have their insurance change
Newscums agenda is to a segregated part of the states population
Illegals ..criminals ..and anyone who identifies other then male or female
This being his first move and not addressing the failed high speed scam train tax …is an insight to how this state will throw away any resemblence of democracy and instill dem rule and socialism takeover
At least until the failed management of this state causes another massive failure and the dems go groveling for fed money yet again
You wanted and voted for newscum it should be fun watching the show and takeover

PO'd March 13, 2019 at 8:54 AM

This is what he stands for, and we’re stuck with him. Meanwhile the electorate voted in favor of the death penalty some years back, but was hung up by lefty judges, who decided it was cruel and unusual punishment.
Yes means no and no means yes in California. Don’t be swayed by a handsome face and relaxed demeanor, this guy is further to the left than Jerry.

Beverly Masinas March 13, 2019 at 9:02 AM

Remember when the Cal Supreme Court under Rose Bird stopped the death penalty and a death row killer named Darryl Kemp was released? It only took him a few more years to kill a wife and mother at the Lafayette Reservoir and end back up on death row. To give these killers life in prison does not really mean they will stay there. Gavin Newsome is jeopardizing innocent people over some idealology. Keep the killers where they belong. On death row.

Kentucky Derby March 13, 2019 at 10:08 AM

Darryl Kemp was given the death penalty three times. As much as I’m against this decision, CA death penalty is ineffectual. Texas is probably the only state where the death penalty actually means death.

RANSOM TASK March 13, 2019 at 9:07 AM

Woah so did newscum just declare himself supreme ruler
His quote
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 in a statement.
The next line he speaks of this state
In short, the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian,” he said.

Is he saying that demifornia is a leader of the world

Uhh ohh grandure coming faster then lightening in a bottle

Sam Malone March 13, 2019 at 9:09 AM

What a joke “Newscum” is. Rich boy with no idea how life is for us real over taxed citizens. RECALL. Lawless California sinks one step closer in the quick sand of liberalism. So Newscum if a crime is done against you or your family why not just let them come live with you in your family home. You can afford it just like Pelosi and Schummer can as they let everyone get away with anything they want to do or say.

Our fore fathers must be flipping in their graves.

Anonymous March 13, 2019 at 9:10 AM

Gavin instructs us that executing black and brown people is discriminatory. Half the murders in the US are committed by black people. Half. Is anyone besides Gavin surprised that there is a disproportionate number of black and brown people in death row?

Of course we are a sanctuary state so illegals, who are criminals can expect to be safe from deportation .

Thanks democrats.

Ever The Optimist March 13, 2019 at 9:12 AM

I am morally against the death penalty and abortion. I simply don’t believe that people should be playing God.

The death penalty is not a deterrent to murderers. It probably never even crossed their minds. However, an uncomfortable life in prison seems appropriate. Besides, an execution hasn’t been enforced in over a decade and hence the threat holds little to no weight to criminals.

I am NOT a fan of MOST of Newsom’s policies, but appreciate him bringing us out of the dark ages. Most first world counties have long since abolished the death penalty.

Chicken Little March 13, 2019 at 1:15 PM

If murderers don’t care about the death penalty, why do you suppose those sentenced to death file endless appeals in an attempt to avoid it?

Dawg March 13, 2019 at 3:43 PM

@Ever The Optimist,, nobody is playing God, God gave us His permission.
Genesis 9:6 “Whoever sheds the blood of a man, by man shall his blood be shed.

Just me March 14, 2019 at 11:06 AM

The people voted and spoke their opinion, isn’t that why we vote? He basically said “People of California, your vote does not matter”, I am smarter and better than all of you. For the record I do not believe in the Death Penalty either, but I do believe in the right to vote and the process.

TGUNN March 13, 2019 at 9:12 AM

California needs to vote these weak minded grand standing political hacks out of office. This tool and Pelosi, Waters,Feinstein all need to go. California is turning into one gigantic S–T Hole. I hope that one of those caravans you know the ones with all the nice people that are not coming here for a free ride end up in there gated community.

Rob March 13, 2019 at 9:15 AM

About time – the death penalty is not only a waste of time and money – we have literally watched folks charged with murder later found to be innocent and released.

As for “deterrence” – if the Death Penalty was such a big deterrence Texas wouldn’t have any murders at all…

mars March 13, 2019 at 11:11 AM

Nevermind the fact that voters continue to support the death penalty in elections (most recently in 2016). Better to just ignore the will of the people and do what he wants instead #dictatorship

Dawg March 13, 2019 at 3:35 PM

@Rob, this is why we have appeals, nobody put to death has ever been found innocent after their execution.

mtzman March 13, 2019 at 6:55 PM

Not true, Dawg, and there have been many cases of death row inmates exonerated before execution. Once the execution takes place, however, the case is moot and it becomes a lot harder for a court to make a ruling.

Dawg March 13, 2019 at 10:07 PM

Sorry mtzman, it is true. Exonerated and found innocent are not the same. Name one person that was found to be innocent of a murder after they were executed in California.

mtzman March 13, 2019 at 11:40 PM

You just moved the goalposts to limit your claim to California, but I could cite as examples the case of Thomas Griffin and Meeks Griffin. In 2009, a South Carolina board voted unanimously to pardon and clear their names in the 1913 killing of a Confederate Army veteran.

Timothy Evans was sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of his daughter in 1949 at their home in London. After his trial and execution, it was confirmed that the daughter had been killed by a neighbor, and Evans was granted a posthumous pardon. This case of injustice had a strong influence in the UK’s decision to abolish capital punishment.

idiot hater March 13, 2019 at 9:31 AM

So freakin’ disappointed. Cannot stand this states politics.

Rich March 13, 2019 at 9:32 AM

Based on this decision he will never be elected President.

mtzman March 13, 2019 at 7:01 PM

Don’t be too sure. The last California governor to commute a death sentence was some guy named Reagan, and I think he went on to make something of himself.

Bedazzled March 13, 2019 at 9:34 AM

It’s just a matter of time before these left liberal numbskulls are dealt with.
There is a storm coming and NY and Ca will see it first and it will be swift and selective.

Ricardoh March 13, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The Prince of San Francisco strikes again. Do not be surprised if in the near future he pardons a couple of death row inmates
In the mean time sanctuary policy is not working out for some of California’s now dead citizens…

Papa Smurf March 13, 2019 at 10:28 AM

I just find it funny how many of you think the death penalty or prison was ever a deterrent for most criminals. Our system is broken, I am not saying Gavin’s move was the correct solution, but the amount of you who actually think our system is any kind of deterrent to hardened criminals is rather amusing.

Fred P. March 13, 2019 at 10:40 AM

Well – you can be sure that if the criminal is executed, he will NEVER commit another crime.

That is a FACT!

Ricardoh March 13, 2019 at 10:45 AM

The Prince of San Francisco is just the next step in the idea of having murderers being on death row for thirty or forty years. Executing murders a month after their trial would deter many.

Sign from Above March 13, 2019 at 4:11 PM

Then why is it that so many murderers exchange information and turn on their partners to avoid the DP.

HappyPappy March 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM

So……………ONE pinhead can change the law affecting everyone in California?

Time to recall this absolute horror of a governor before he does even more damage to our formerly great state.

Noj March 13, 2019 at 10:57 AM

Stupid, ignorant voters. I blame all of you.

Dr. Jellyfinger March 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM

I’m no genius (no, really… I’m not) but I’m smart enough to know there needs to be some basic qualifiers to allow people to vote.

People don’t need to be mental giants to be voters, but something above an IQ score of 70 would certainly help! (Scores below 70 may represent the presence of some sort of developmental or learning disability).

As it is, any (supposed) citizen who is able to survive past the age of 18 is allowed to vote.

A person does not even need to be a high school graduate to vote.

Everyone who can manage to mark a ballot & scribble his/her name is allowed to vote…. Mongo could vote…. our leaders are being elected by complete idiots.

Mike Teel March 13, 2019 at 4:12 PM

Amen!

Sign from Above March 14, 2019 at 7:15 AM

It would also help if the lazy California electorate would actually take the time to read up (objectively and not only along party lines) on the issues and people they are voting for. Stop blindly voting for incumbents. Look at track records!

Mars March 13, 2019 at 10:58 AM

Newsome has now basically declared his dictatorship. Ignore the will of the people in favor of his own personal desires. RIP representative government.

martinezmike March 13, 2019 at 11:36 AM

Actually there is no moratorium. The death penalty in California is simply reserved for select human fetuses.

Jus sayin' March 13, 2019 at 11:48 AM

Forget the victims. Protect the convicted. Shame.

Giddyup March 13, 2019 at 1:35 PM

They did this once before, stopped executing death row inmates, and things got so bad that they re-instituted it. This matter was put to a vote of the people, and it was defeated by the liberal majority in California. Newsom just overruled the will of the people and alienated the very people who just elected him. He’s in for a world of hurt double crossing his friends like that. But, the man is a liar and a cheat so this isn’t any surprise.

gimli March 13, 2019 at 2:04 PM

The point is that those on death row especially black men are disproportionately convicted for crimes that they may or may not have committed. DNA testing has been used to exonerate the innocent – sometimes. Because the State cannot be 100% certain that they are killing the wrong guy then the death penalty must be removed.

With that said I know that Newsom is a royal you know what – I met him once!

Rollo Tomasi March 13, 2019 at 6:10 PM

“The point is that those on death row especially black men are disproportionately convicted for crimes that they may or may not have committed.”

According to crime statistics compiled by the FBI, black men commit crimes at disproportionate rates.

Turn n Burn March 13, 2019 at 2:05 PM

I don’t think I’ve seen one person in favor of Newsom on this thread. Where are his supporters? Or is this just another case of basically he was going to be the next gov. No matter what?

Sign from Above March 14, 2019 at 7:23 AM

The majority of his supporters are quiet right now because they know what he did was wrong. Whether you’re for the DP or not, an elected official should not step on the will of the people like this. His job is to represent the people, not push through his own agenda despite the desires of the majority vote.

Keep in mind supporters, the next issue he pushes through against the will of the people may be contrary to your wishes. This is a very bad precedent he has set. This should be grounds for a recall effort!

Whoe Jim March 13, 2019 at 2:22 PM

He likes to protect murderers and criminals more than ordinary citizens. Another one of his new ideas is to take a billion dollars from the increased gas tax which was voted down on the proposition 6 repeal. The 3.5 billion dollars was originally promised to fix our crumbling roads and traffic gridlock. Good luck on that one… His Vision for the billion is to pay for some people’s housing in the Bay Area. I wonder how people feel about voting for him and the gas tax now, and I don’t mean the ones who will benefit from the payed for or subsidized housing…..

Pookie March 13, 2019 at 2:30 PM

Get rid of this clown before there’s nothing left of this state!

Bob March 13, 2019 at 2:32 PM

737 9mm bullets to the head dont cost $13B

Rolling Wheels March 13, 2019 at 3:41 PM

Did not vote for him, do not like his policies, he was the leader that drove San Francisco into the ground, did such a good job their going to let him drive the entire state straight to hell. Just another wealthy liberal who thinks he knows it all when he really does not. How can we trust him when he bedded his friends wife, going to be a long 4 years

Larry March 13, 2019 at 3:48 PM

He is just getting started ignoring the vote of the people it will only get worse hopefully those that voted for him won’t make the same mistake twice.

Kentucky Derby March 13, 2019 at 3:51 PM

I hope it’s life in prison without possibility of parole. How much did we waste in taxpayer dollars giving parole hearings to Manson family members, etc. What a joke.

The Fearless Spectator March 13, 2019 at 3:56 PM

Just put all those bad guys on the train from Merced to Fresno.

What an absolute insult to every family that has lost a loved one to a murderer.

Mike Teel March 13, 2019 at 4:05 PM

Sometimes, not often, the total hypocritical garbage from this guy surprisess me. Today he did. There are so many statements he made that are total BS, there is not enought room to go thru them all, so let me make two. 1, his statement “ it is irreversible if the system ends the life of a innocent person”. Ok, well, what about ending the life of over 157,000 babies every year, of which I am sure are the most innocent and vulnerable “persons ” by murder. He is OK with that. 2, he talks about how immoral it would be to continue this practice, this coming from a male, as I refuse to call him a man, that took his close friend, deputy chief of staff, and running his re-election campaign wife to bed. After being caught, he said how sorry he was, made a mistake, while he destroyed Alex Tourks marriage. Destroyed a marriage, but he is sorry, what a arrogant ass. There are so many immoral issues with this chump, there is no way to list them all

Newellian March 13, 2019 at 4:21 PM

I am NOT a Trump supporter, BUT, isn’t Newscum doing the same thing that he accuses Trump of doing with executive orders? He and the rest of the elites in this state decry Trump trying to rule like a king, and circumventing the will of the people. I guess that it’s different when a liberal democrat does it…

Tsa March 13, 2019 at 4:22 PM

While I agree with not having a death penalty, I do not agree with how and when NewScum decided to make this decision. He should have let voters know that he would not support the 2016 voter referendum during the campaign. He just confirmed to those that supported him (and I do not) that he is a sleaze, and just another hack who is into politics for himself and not his constituents. Unfortunately, that is the definition of a politician. How about a recall on this jerk!!!

robert Vezina March 13, 2019 at 4:23 PM

Put him on death row please the useless ba……. He must be best buds with scott petersen…

AnimalLover March 13, 2019 at 5:28 PM

Wonder would NewScum would do if one of his own was a victim.

Michael March 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM

Thank you for confirming that 5 year olds have better values and morals then some adults running our government.

Sad in CA March 13, 2019 at 6:35 PM

HE’S NANCY PELOSI’S NEPHEW!

mtzman March 13, 2019 at 9:39 PM

No, he’s not …

Original G March 13, 2019 at 10:00 PM

the Browns, the Newsoms, the Pelosis and the Gettys
Rather an interesting read . . . Must be interesting, having an entire state to ” PLAY WITH ”
https://www.ocregister.com/2019/01/06/gavin-newsoms-keeping-it-all-in-the-family/

Fred P. March 13, 2019 at 11:03 PM

Mtzman – he is. Look it up.

And you’re an idiot.

mtzman March 14, 2019 at 12:26 AM

I actually did look it up a couple months ago. Nancy Pelosi is married to Paul Pelosi. Paul Pelosi’s brother Ronald was married to Gavin Newsom’s aunt, Barbara Newsom, from 1956 to 1977, at which time they divorced. Barbara Newsom died in 2008. Any relationship Nancy had to the Newsom family was by marriage only and ended when the marriage ended, 42 years ago. In any event, Nancy would be the aunt by marriage to Ron and Barbara’s children, but not to their cousins.

HappyPappy March 14, 2019 at 9:26 AM

mtzman, again shows us that knowledge and wisdom are two different things entirely.
One would think he’d grasp the simple point. I wonder if he had many “uncles” while growing up.

mtzman March 14, 2019 at 12:56 PM

Once again, HP makes a nonsensical attack and Fred calls me an idiot, but neither can show me where I am wrong.

Original G March 13, 2019 at 7:10 PM

This from LA Times, very sobering and chilling to look upon the faces of
PURE EVIL and read of the hurt and heartache they caused by their selfish deeds.

https://www.latimes.com/projects/la-me-death-row/#nt=oft-Single%20Chain~Flex%20Feature~hp-daily-chain~newsom-1203p~~1~yes-art~curated~curatedpage

Gititogether March 13, 2019 at 8:53 PM

If believe anyone can be falsely convicted, you have to believe there’s a shred of doubt that Richard Allen Davis, Charles Ng and Scott Peterson are guilty
…if you believe there’s no justification for execution, you have to believe that Ted Bundy, John Wayne Gary, John Muhammad and Timothy McVeigh deserved sympathy.

Martin March 13, 2019 at 9:40 PM

When the sentence for a crime is not quickly carried out, people’s hearts are filled with schemes to do wrong. -King Solomon

Dr. Jellyfinger March 13, 2019 at 11:04 PM

“Jose Manuel Miguel Gonzales, in a few short weeks it will be spring. The snows of winter will flow away, the ice will vanish, the air will become soft and balmy. The annual miracle of the years will awaken and come to pass.

But you will not be there.

The rivulet will run its soaring course to the sea. The timid desert flowers will put forth their tender shoots. The glorious valleys in this imperial domain will blossom as the rose.

Still you will not be there.

From every treetop, some wildwood songster will carol his mating song. Butterflies will sport in the sunshine. The gentle breeze will tease the tassels of the wild grasses and all nature will be glad.

But you will not be there to enjoy it.

Because I command the sheriff of the county to lead you away to some remote spot, swing you by the neck from a knotting bough of some sturdy oak and let you hang until dead. And then Jose Manuel Miguel Gonzales, I further command that such officer retire quickly from your dangling corpse, that vultures may descend from the heavens upon your filthy body until nothing is left but the bare, bleached bones of a cold-blooded, blood-thirsty, throat-cutting, murdering S.O.B.”
Judge Phantly Roy Bean, Jr.

Tim March 13, 2019 at 11:32 PM

Why vote if a one politician can override the majority? He doesn’t represent the people that elected him. Maybe he wouldn’t have been elected if we knew where he stood on an important issue as capital punishment and being weak on crime (sanctuary state).

Eliminating the death penalty robs the victims family’s of closure. Should also have a limited number of delays and appeals.
There should be an ultimate price for certain crimes.

Rest In Peace Bambi of San Jose.

TT March 14, 2019 at 12:08 AM

He doesn’t care about keeping people safe. He cares about keeping his job safe.

Giddyup March 14, 2019 at 8:42 AM

So, apparently we’re paying all those people in Sacramento to keep churning out new laws, and trudging to the polls ourselves to vote … for no particular reason.

Kentucky Derby March 14, 2019 at 8:59 AM

In 2016, we voted to keep the death penalty, and speed up the appeals process. This is a slap in the face to victims, their families and CA voters.

I knew where he stood on the death penalty, but I didn’t vote for him.

Whoe Jim March 14, 2019 at 11:01 AM

I agree with some who suggested a recall of Gavin Newsom. Gray Davis was recalled for less. He has ignored the will of the people and will continue to so. Let’s get the recall petition started before he continues to wreak more havoc to our state…

Michael March 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM

What’s next?
Pardons for Shrimp Boy & Leland?

Johnny Ringo March 14, 2019 at 1:28 PM

Any conservative that would go against the voters would be crucified by the media. But since it’s Gav, this story will just drift away. Swept under the rug. You can say ‘He went against the voting public. So what? He’s Gav.’
Talk about privilege.
He’s just positioning for his turn to run for president.

Silva March 14, 2019 at 3:03 PM

It’s been a deterrent to me.

Atticus Thraxx March 14, 2019 at 5:41 PM

If I could interrupt the well practiced and not very convincing outrage from you wing nuts for a moment, you’re looking at this all the wrong way. We want these heinous criminals to suffer, right? If you kill ’em, the suffering stops, presumably.
Life, no parole served under the worst possible conditions the Constitution and it’s Amendments allow. Game of Thrones kinda prisons.
And I’ll go ya one better, we don’t tell them the death penalty is gone. Keep them on death row, in solitary and every so often hold a fake execution. Move the “executed” to a new prison on the down low. And you trade for one of their newly “executed” criminals. Kill the hope, feed the dread. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Kentucky Derby March 14, 2019 at 8:52 PM

I’m not a wing nut, but you do realize that when they’ve overturned the death penalty in CA, convicted murderers have been released from prison – and killed again.

Darryl Kemp killed a woman (Lafayette Reservoir) four months after his release from prison. He’s been give the death penalty three times.

Had he not been released – and executed – a wife an mother would still be alive.

Most people support the death penalty, and CA voted in 2012 and 2016 retain the death penalty, and speed up the process.

Newsome said screw you to the voters. SCREW Newsome.

Why on earth would they parole someone who had gotten the death penalty? Far left whack jobs that think everyone is a victim… except true victims of crime.

Sierra March 14, 2019 at 5:42 PM

Why do we even have elections? The politicians do whatever they want anyway. It’s all a facade.

jon s March 14, 2019 at 7:08 PM

The death penalty is supposed to be a deterent to crime,so you’ll do it some other place other than Calif or Florida,but now people know they can come to Calif,go on a crime spree that includes capital crimes,and they can spend their life filing appeals with nothing to lose.

Original G March 14, 2019 at 9:14 PM

Want deterrence, take them out of death row and put them in gen-pop.
There are more than a few wanting to get famous by packing one of these low lifes a chute.

DVC Student March 14, 2019 at 11:14 PM

If only those who are against the death penalty would sit in the Martinez courtroom & listen to the graphic testimony & see the autopsy photos of what defendants do to our loved ones.

Giving Rohypnol to sedate our loved ones but while still awake, banging their heads onto the toilet bowl edge several times, breaking their cheekbones, breaking their eye sockets until they accidentally defecate themselves due to being beaten. Then cutting off their arms with a reciprocating saw, cutting off their legs, cutting off their heads, then taking a chisel to their gumlines above their molars & hammering out their jaws, placing all of our loved ones body parts into duffel bags & driving them out to the Delta & sinking them to the bottom…… because they wanted the cash value of their stocks instead of working for it.

All occurring right here in Concord… People vs. Helzer

You might have a different viewpoint!

Giddyup March 15, 2019 at 5:55 AM

Murders, if they even receive the death penalty, are put to death humanely compared to what they have done to their victims. I believe Newsom has overstepped his authority and clearly should be recalled.

The Fearless Spectator March 15, 2019 at 6:26 PM

I can’t help but comment again: DNA testing breakthroughs have solved several cold cases and given the victim’s families at least a minor amount of closure. Now that evidence is irrefutable in these cases, our Governor pulls this stunt. I can only imagine how the victims of Joseph Deangelo feel. People like him are not given the death penalty, THEY EARN IT. And now he is rewarded with a life of leisure, free meals, and free healthcare, all on our dime. While Mr. Plumpjack gets richer. Gavin has got to go; he is not representing us.

Highway Veteran March 15, 2019 at 9:59 PM

I disagree with Newsom’s irresponsible decision because he is using a flimsy excuse about race, which fits in with the left’s manta about “social justice.” If a person is charged with murder and evidence proves the person is 100% guilty and the a death sentence is ordered it should be carried out. There is no “social justice” for the murder victim!

jon s March 16, 2019 at 12:30 AM

Crimes are not committed equally among different races so of course there wont be equal amount of each race incarcerated.It’s simple math.not oppression of any kind.

Dr. Jellyfinger March 16, 2019 at 9:13 AM

In 2016 State & Federal prisons held a total of 486,900 Black prisoners, 439,800 White prisoners and 339,300 Hispanic prisoners.

In the USA, approximately:

14.6% of our population is Black
18.1% of our population is Hispanic
62.0% of our population is White
5.3% 0f our population is Asian,mixed or other.

RIBS March 16, 2019 at 6:03 AM

I believe in laws. I believe in elections. Gavin Newsom was elected and his actions are legal. You elected this person, you are responsible for his actions.

What’s the problem? The voters of California had a clear choice in the elections last year, the choice was made by you, the voters.

The voters in this State are not required to agree with everything an elected official does, but the voters must agree that their choice was made at the ballot box. We get what we deserve by our collective choices and ballot decisions.

The residents of California are now predominantly liberal in their persuasion, and this trend will likely continue. Why are there complaints? The residents of our State have spoken, it’s done.

Do you believe in laws? Do you believe in elections?

Gittyup March 16, 2019 at 11:30 AM

The lying dirtbag, Newsom, said otherwise during his campaign. It’s called “lying to get elected.”

RIBS March 16, 2019 at 1:29 PM

I did not vote for him.

“Now you know the rest of the story.”

Dr. Jellyfinger March 16, 2019 at 10:25 AM

Staten Island mob hit!
A stunning break in decades of relative mob peace….
This could usher in a new era of old style Mafia type gang warfare.
There could be gun molls, broads, dames and dolls again… goons, thugs, gorillas, and hit men… squealers, stool pigeons, dirty rats & snitches.

Maybe they could even keep the FBI too busy to fix political elections!

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