Lawsuit challenges Newsom’s unilateral end to state’s death penalty

Governor Gavin Newsom exceeded his constitutional authority and acted illegally with his 2019 decision to end the state’s death penalty, a new lawsuit filed in Sacramento County Superior Court on January 27 alleges. 

“With a stroke of his pen, Governor Newsom eliminated nearly fifty years of established Legislative policy that provides for a punishment of death,” the lawsuit states. “As an ardent opponent of the death penalty, Newsom delved into the business of policymaking with an intent to undermine the law and has purportedly changed legislative policy by executive fiat.”


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