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March 15 2019 | UNITED STATES

By Mario marazziti

The death penalty makes everyone guilty. The revolutionary choice of the governor of California who signed the moratorium on capital executions ·

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The death penalty makes everyone guilty.  · The revolutionary choice of the governor of California who signed the moratorium on capital executions ·

Gavin Newsom, the new governor of California, with a gesture of political courage, has put a stop, perhaps definitive, to executions in the Golden State. On March 13, 2019, signing an official moratorium, he declared the "miserable failure" of a justice that still includes death.
His was neither a foregone conclusion nor an obligatory choice. It affirms a new standard of political commitment, reaffirming the ethical responsibility to lead, even with choices that are not always popular. Politics as leadership not as fellowship on the wave of polls and changing moods in a time of growing populist impulses.
Even opponents of the death penalty in California, who promoted two abolition referendums in 2012 and 2016 (reaching 48 and 47 percent and losing narrowly) insisted more on its practical aspects than on its absolute rejection. "The death penalty -Newsom said - goes against our fundamental understanding of human rights. As governor, I will not preside over the execution of anyone. The death penalty is not only ineffective and irreversible; it is also immoral.”
Of the 1493 executions carried out in the United States, 164 convicts were declared innocent postmortem, 30 of them in California. One every 8. However, the risk of executing innocents is not the only reason for Newsom’s bold act. There is also the clear social and racial discrimination that in California and throughout the United States accompanies the death penalty if you are black, mentally disabled or without the means for adequate legal defense.
But a signal comes from California. At the beginning of his mandate, the new Governor chooses to be judged and criticized for what until recently was a taboo also for his Democratic predecessor, one of the greatest political figures in Californian history, elected four times to lead the Golden State: Governor Jerry Brown. Many people and organizations had appealed to Brown for a moratorium and a commutation of sentences in California, but he hesitated and did not grant them, even if he no longer ran political risks.
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