Senator Jeff Stone's Statement on Governor's Death Penalty Announcement

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

SACRAMENTO – Senator Jeff Stone (R-Riverside County) issued the following statement today in response to Governor Newsom’s announcement that he will suspend California’s death penalty:

“I’m disappointed that today’s action undermines the will of California’s voters who little more than two years ago voted to reaffirm the death penalty.

“With his actions today, the Governor has made it clear that to him democracy does not matter. The people have spoken repeatedly on the death penalty and this Governor has chosen to ignore them. When the Governor was running for office, he told the Modesto Bee that he would separate his personal views from his professional responsibilities to uphold the will of the people – especially when it came to implementing the death penalty.

“The Governor has given a reprieve to serial killers such as William Suff who was found guilty of murdering 12 women and dumping their bodies in fields in Western Riverside County between 1989 and 1991. Suff was sentenced to death in 1995. His death sentence was upheld in 2014 by the California Supreme Court. 

“In addition, the families and friends of the people who have been heinously murdered by killers arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced and have had their sentences upheld by appellate courts are being victimized once again by a Governor who has abandoned his constitutional responsibility to support, uphold and defend the laws and constitution of the State of California.

“Justice was clearly not served in Sacramento this morning, and this is indeed a disappointing day for democracy in California.”