Governor Gavin Newsom Calling Attention To Racial Bias In Death Penalty Trials

Governor Gavin Newsom is calling attention to racial bias in death penalty trials. Newsom filed a brief in the case of Donte Lamont McDaniel, who was sentenced to death in 2009 for the murder of two people. In the brief filed yesterday with the state Supreme Court, lawyers on behalf of the governor argue not requiring juries to agree on “aggravating factors” increases racial discrimination in death penalty cases. They claim that studies have shown the percentage of Black people excluded from juries in death penalty cases was “double to triple” that of whites. Newsom’s brief argues that the death penalty is rooted in the legacy of “slavery, racial terror and subjugation”.