San Joaquin County
District Attorney's Office

Governor Gavin Newsom, Six Current and Former District Attorneys Declare Death Penalty Applied In Racially Biased and Arbitrary Manner

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, in response to a rare request by the California Supreme Court for briefing about the constitutionality of California’s death penalty as it is applied, Governor Gavin Newsom filed an amicus brief stating that California’s death penalty has been applied in a manner that is unfair and racially biased. In addition, a group of six current and former California district attorneys convened by the Prosecutors Alliance of California filed an amicus brief asserting that the state’s death penalty system has resulted in arbitrary sentences in violation of the constitution. The six district attorneys signing the brief include: San Joaquin County DA Tori Verber Salazar, Contra Costa County DA Diana Becton, San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin, former Los Angeles DA Gil Garcetti, former San Francisco DA and current candidate for Los Angeles DA George Gascon, and Santa Clara County DA Jeffrey Rosen.

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