Will Jerry Brown to commute the sentences of everyone sentenced to death in one of his last acts as Governor of California?

Some of California’s infamous death row inmates. Top row from left to right: Run-P. Chhoun; Scott Peterson, Richard Farley; Randy power. Bottom row, from left to right: Ramon Salcido; Charles Ng; Marcus Wesson.

Robert Boyd Rhoades kidnapped eight-year-old, Michael Lyons, while he was on the way home from school in the year 1996, stabbed him to death up to 80 times with a fishing knife and him kept alive for nearly 10 hours before dumping his body in the Feather River, just up the street from the child’s home.

The ‘Grim Sleeper’ killed nine women and a teenage girl, the dependent in the course of 22 years, targeting drugs and hookers, and threw their naked bodies along the streets or in the garbage.

And the “Trailside Killer’ preyed upon hikers along trails in the state parks in the San Francisco area, say police, that he showed his victims to beg in vain for their lives before shooting them in the head, execution-style.

These are just a few of the 744 inmates currently on California’s Death Row.


But as Jerry brown’s term as Governor of California, the death penalty supporters have raised to an end in January, the spectre, he could do a lot of commuting, if not all, of the sets.

On March 28, the California Supreme Court gave an official arrangement makes it possible, for brown, the sentences or grant of mercy to commute.

Jerry Brown, former Jesuit seminarian, as a young man demonstrating against the death penalty, made his opposition clear during his political campaigns, but also said that he would the law to be respected in relation to him during his time as attorney General and Governor


Michele Hanisee, President of the Association of Deputy district attorneys in Los Angeles County, told the Orange County Register, earlier this week, that this can have compared the disability brown. Prior to that a Governor had beliefs for the approval of a majority of the Supreme Court in the case of a prisoner with two or more crimes.

“You basically give the green light for the Governor, the grace for every…and said that they will not interfere,” she said.

California has the largest death row population in the country, but only 13 executed since the death penalty was re-introduced in the state in 1978, with the last appearance in 2006. Complaints pulling are common practice for many years. Last year, 400 death penalty appeal proceedings were pending.


Despite its liberal reputation, more than half of California residents have their support for the death penalty, suppression of referendums they are calling to the end.

Brown, a former Jesuit seminarian, demonstrated as a young man, against the death penalty, made his opposition clear during his political campaigns, but also said he would respect the law in relation to him during his time as attorney General and Governor.

Asked whether the Governor was considering commuting the death sentences, a spokesman for Brown told Fox News: “A request for commutation is a serious matter, and every candidate examined carefully and conscientiously. The Governor issued commutations earlier this month… California, prisoners can request that the penalty be reduced or eliminated by providing for a commutation of the sentence.

“Clearly, there are no persons in the death row commutations.”


San Quentin prison is home to California’s death row, although it is carried out an execution since 2006


Many of the families of the victims of California to death were convicted candidly about the death penalty, some support, and other combat.

Beth Webb, whose sister and some friends died in a 2011 shooting at a hair salon, said on a 2016 press conference: “Neither I, nor my mother, will find completion in the death of another human being.”

Michael Lyons’ mother, Sandra friend, told the Los Angeles Times in the year 2016: “From the first inflicted wound to Michael, the 10 hours was the last.

“For a grown man to inflict that kind of painful torture on a child – he got a proper sentence. He got the sentence only, the would be no justice.”

Kent Scheidegger, a lawyer, argued that Proposition 66 – a measure for the acceleration of executions – said that everything is possible, so far as brown and California policy, but he believed he would not commute the Governor of the death sentences.

“In spite of his personal opinion, he said, he would sentence the enforcement of the death,” said Scheidegger, who is legal Director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation in California.

Scheidegger expressed concern about the state’s high court to give appear, brown is more the rule than to commute death sentences, told Fox News: “This is a cause for concern.”

Since executions were rarely carried out, which is called in California and elsewhere, some have the death penalty symbolic and pointless.

Scheidegger said that he did not agree.

“It is important because there are some crimes for which anything less is simply not fair.”

Some of California’s more notorious death row inmates are:

–Scott Petersonthat murdered his pregnant wife Laci. Prosecutors said Peterson began plotting his wife’s murder, after he began an affair with a woman named Amber Frey, who testified against him.

–Robert Boyd Rhoades, kidnapped eight-year-old Michael Lyons as he walked home from school. Lyons’ body was found the next day in a river near where he lived. Rhoades was sentenced to probation on child abuse charges when he kidnapped Lyons.

–Charles Ng, who along with an accomplice carried out a series of murders in the years 1984 and 1985, including torture and cruel murders of six men, three women and two babies. They killed people for their cars and steal from them. She turned to the women to sex slaves and filmed some of their crimes.

–Lonnie “Grim Sleeper” Franklin was convicted of killing nine women and a teenage girl from 1985 to 2007. Detectives believed he may have killed up to 25 people. He women targeted, the young and the vulnerable. They were drug addicts or prostitutes. He dumped her naked body along the streets or in the garbage.

–David “Trailside Killer”, Carpenter, preyed on hikers. He killed seven people, raped some. Detectives said he engaged in “if the victims at some point in a position that the supplication of your life.”

–Run P. Chhoun, the alleged leader of the San Bernardino-based Small rascals gang, was found guilty of murdering Nghiep Thich Le, 48, and his father, Hung Dieu Le, 73, during a home invasion robbery in Sacramento; and Miguel Vargas Avina, Pomona. The authorities said Avina was killed, because Chhoun and his accomplice Sam Pan thought mistakenly, he was a rival gang member.

— Richard Farley, a former employee of ESL Incorporated in Sunnyvale, stalked co-worker Laura Black for four years, starting in 1984, to send approximately 200 letters over time. Black received a restraining order against him at the 2. In February 1988, with a court date for February 17, 1988, in order to make them permanent. In the February 16, he seven people at ESL and wounded four others shot and killed, including Black.

–Randy Kraft, known as the Scorecard Killer” murdered at least 16 young men over a period of 11 years, beginning in 1972. He is also believed to have committed the rape and murder of up to 51 other boys and young men. Many of the victims had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He would ply a rule, with alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers, tortures, binding and sexually abused, before they kill them usually by strangulation, suffocation, or shock weapons. He received his nickname after investigators discovered a coded list of 61 printed expressions and idioms, who is believed to relate to each of his victims.

–Ramon Salcido killed seven people, including his wife and two of his daughters, aged four and 22 months in 1989, after a night of drinking and taking cocaine. His three-year-old daughter, Carmina, survived, although she was slashed about the throat, and remained lying in a field beside the bodies of her sisters.

– Marcus Wesson, the patriarch of a cult-like clan to death, was sentenced in 2005 for the murder of nine of his children, many of whom were born of incest and sexual abuse. He was also found guilty of the sexual abuse of daughters and nieces, who grew up in his house.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Elizabeth Llorente is a Senior Reporter for and can be reached at You can follow her on Twitter @Liz_Llorente.


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