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Assemblymember Salas responds to Governor Newsom's death penalty executive order

Posted at 4:52 PM, Mar 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-13 19:58:55-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Assemblymember Rudy Salas has reacted to Governor Gavin Newsom signing an executive order suspending the death penalty in California.

“I respect the law and believe we should adhere to the will of the public who voted to keep the death penalty in place. Whether you support or oppose the death penalty, it is unfair and disingenuous to disregard or attempt to override the will of the voters.”

Newsom signed the order Wednesday granting a reprieve to the state’s 737 death row inmates for as long as the Democrat is governor. It doesn’t change any convictions or sentences and won’t allow anyone to be released from prison.