Washingron, DC, United States (VoA) – U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the California governor on Wednesday for his plan to impose a state moratorium on carrying out death sentences against convicted killers.
Trump tweeted that the move defies voters and leaves friends and families of victims “forgotten.”
In prepared remarks seen by news organizations ahead of the official announcement, Governor Gavin Newsom said, “The intentional killing of another person is wrong.”
He cited cases of innocent people being convicted for crimes they did not commit, and sometimes even executed.
Newsom also said cases involving capital punishment disproportionately affect minorities, the mentally ill and those who do not have enough money for costly legal representation.
The moratorium will involve an executive order to withdraw the state’s lethal injection protocol.
None of the 737 inmates currently on death row in California, the country’s most populous state, will be released or have their sentences changed. California last executed an inmate in 2006.
Rights groups praised Newsom’s decision.
Article – All Rights Reserved.
Provided by FeedSyndicate