Kern DA pushes back on death penalty suspension

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

Kern DA pushes back on  death penalty suspensionConservatives across the state of California have objected to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order on Wednesday to suspend the death penalty.

Among the many Kern officials who released statements by press was Kern County District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer, who announced when she took an oath in January that she would be pushing back against California policies that protect criminals at the expense of victims and the general public.

“The Governor of California has granted reprieves for 737 convicted murderers on Death Row,” Zimmer said Wednesday.

“Forty-nine of those killers have murdered peace officers. California voters, as recently as 2016, have voted to uphold capital punishment. Kern County has 25 convicted killers on Death Row.

“The majority of their murder victims were women, children and the elderly. Governor Newsom … are you going to be telling victims’ families that you do not have the courage to enforce the law?”

State Sen. Shannon Grove and Assemblyman Vince Fong are among those who have expressed opposition to Newsom on the matter. See additional reporting in next week’s edition.

Story First Published: 2019-03-15