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Newsom brought the death penalty to the forefront of public debate even though California has not executed a prisoner since 2006 after a federal judge ruled that the state's three-drug lethal injection cocktail was unconstitutional, according to Politico.

The governor also pointed out that there have been occasions in which innocent people had been put to death after being wrongfully convicted.

"The voters of the State of California support the death penalty", said Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys.

"The fact that so many states have abolished the death penalty-but California hasn't-has given people cover for this narrative that people are still supportive the death penalty".

Trump said in his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference that Newsom made the remark during a phone call thanking the president for visiting the parts of California that had been badly damaged by wildfires.

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California Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom speaks after being elected governor of the state during an election night party in Los Angeles, California, U.S. November 6, 2018.

"It's a very emotional place that I stand", Newsom told reporters after signing the order.

"The voters of the State of California support the death penalty".

Newsom recently called for more DNA testing in the case of death row inmate Kevin Cooper, who says he was framed in 1983 hatchet and knife killings of four people, including two children, in Chino Hills.

Newsom, who has always been opposed to capital punishment, argued that a country cannot claim to be a world leader while sanctioning "the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people".

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Newsom added, however, that he won't tolerate Trump continuing his attacks on California. California hasn't executed anyone since 2006. The order will not alter any current conviction or sentence, or lead to the release of any prisoner now on death row. Those on death row will remain in prison under the order.

"Racial bias and unfairness run deep throughout the justice system but especially when it comes to the death penalty".

Newsom may have a point to at least looking into the state's approach to the death penalty.

Newsom, who became governor in January of this year, said the death penalty "has discriminated against defendants who are mentally ill, black and brown, or can't afford expensive legal representation".

"A moratorium in California has enormous symbolic value", Robert Dunham, the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center, told theTimes.

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"The intentional killing of another person is wrong", Newsom said. California voters previously rejected an initiative to abolish capital punishment in the state and instead, in 2016, voted in favor of Proposition 66 to help speed up executions. A 2014 study by the National Academy of Sciences determined that one in every 25 inmates on death row in the United States was sentenced to die for crimes they did not commit.

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