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Melendez responds to Gov. Newsom's death penalty suspension


Last updated 3/21/2019 at 6:45am

SACRAMENTO – Assemblywoman Melissa Melendez, R-Lake Elsinore, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unilateral suspension of California’s death penalty March 13, that goes against the direct will of the voters.

“In 2016, California voters spoke loud and clear by not only rejecting an outright repeal of the death penalty, but by voting to expedite the executions of the inmates currently sitting on death row. The governor clearly does not represent the majority of people in this state who want to see justice served for these heinous crimes.

“It’s a sad day for the victims’ families who will never see justice served for the loss of their loved ones who were taken savagely and prematurely. These were children, sons, daughters, mothers and fathers – lives that were cut short by the brutality of their killers who are cop-killers, rapists, child abusers and sex-offenders.”

Assemblywoman Melissa A. Melendez represents the 67th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar and a portion of Hemet. It also includes the Riverside County unincorporated areas of Lake Mathews, Good Hope, Nuevo and Winchester. Follow her on Twitter at @asmMelendez.


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