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Newsom can grant reprieves, but other steps might face legal challenges, experts say

March 13, 2019 | Los Angeles Times
Kent S. Scheidegger, legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation, agreed that Newsom could grant reprieves but said the state is required to maintain a protocol and a death chamber under Proposition 66, the successful 2016 ballot measure intended to speed up executions. “He is just flagrantly violating the law,” said Scheidegger, the primary author of Prop. 66.
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Editorial: A Pause on the Nation’s Biggest Death Row

March 13, 2019 | New York Times
The governor can stop executions only at the back end — once sentences have been imposed. The law still empowers local prosecutors, many of whom remain staunchly supportive of the death penalty, to seek the ultimate punishment. In 2016, voters narrowly approved a ballot measure to speed up executions, and in the past they have defeated attempts to repeal the death penalty statute.
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