Senator Mike Morrell Responds to Governor Newsom's Announced Suspension of State's Death Penalty

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Mike Morrell (R-Rancho Cucamonga) today issued the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s executive order suspending California’s death penalty:

“In 2016, the governor said he would respect the will of voters if they chose not to repeal the death penalty through Proposition 62. We now know he had no intention of keeping that pledge.

“Today he disregarded the decision made by California voters in 2012 and 2016 to uphold the death penalty. They signaled a strong desire to see justice for victims and their families, not reprieves for the Scott Petersons or William Suffs of the world, both of whom were tried and convicted for their heinous acts of murder. 

“Voters clearly believe that in the most egregious cases, the death penalty should remain on the books. The governor should respect their judgment and the rule of law.”