California governor halts death penalty: 'I couldn't sleep'

California governor halts death penalty: 'I couldn't sleep'California Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday halted the death penalty, saying he was deeply troubled by the possibility of executing an innocent person even though California voters have repeatedly backed capital punishment. Newsom was convinced by statistics suggesting that perhaps dozens of the 737 inmates on the state’s death row were innocent. The state has not held an execution since 2006 but appeared to be moving toward resuming them.



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