California is rockin’ and rollin’ again!  The announcement is all over the internet and cable news.  Our state’s new governor is up-ending the “discriminatory execution of its people.”  He states, “the death penalty is inconsistent with our bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.”  However, that’s not how the people of California voted in 2016 on Prop. 62.  The populace voted to keep the death penalty.  A ‘no’ vote won.  Perhaps our Governor has to set the standard for us – it’s his job, right?

As a matter of reference, no one has been executed in 12 years.  I bet all 737 inmates on death row can sleep better tonight.  But here’s part of the reason why no executions have occurred in California.  FYI.  The State Supreme Court ruled that this was impossible because medical professionals are prohibited, via the Hippocratic Oath, from performing executions.  This is why executions are, for the most part, currently on hold in California, regardless of the savagery of the crimes.5c26c5f40b44d.image

However, the relative of a murdered victim feels Newsome, “should be concerned with the victims, not the perpetrators.”  It may be said, the Governor is “usurping” the express will of California voters and “substituting his personal preferences,” states Michele Hanisee.  The Governor says, “I will not oversee the execution of any individual.

Did we elect a Governor whose preferences counter the public’s will?  He believes that a “civilized society cannot claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people.”  His statement at the end of the video goes sort of like this: “I have the right and responsibility to advance “my” judgment given to me by the voters and pursuant to the Constitution.  If I can grant reprieves by executive order, then I can apply that executive discretion to the death penalty!  Then why do the voters need to vote?

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By Sharla Esparza

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