California To Continue Death Penalty Trials During Moratorium

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California will continue holding death penalty trials despite Governor Newsom’s moratorium on executions. The California Supreme Court has refused to block death penalty cases from proceeding during the moratorium. Justices rejected yesterday defense attorneys’ arguments that jurors would not take a death sentence seriously if they know it will not be implemented. Newsom put a halt to executions in March, but the death penalty is still on the books and courts proceed on the assumption that executions may resume again. The last execution in California was in 2006.