Resolution Reaffirming Support for the Death Penalty...

Just recently I presented the following resolution to the Republican Party Resolution Committee and it passed unanimously. Cut in with the resolution below is also a 3-part video series I shot last week talking about our fight. We are continuing to push forward in our fight for victims and their family members.

As district attorney, the decision to pursue the death penalty is perhaps the single most difficult decision that I have to make.


Submitted By:

Michael A. Ramos
District Attorney, San Bernardino County
Past President, California District Attorneys Association
Vice President, National District Attorneys Association
Member, California Republican Party Initiatives Committee

WHEREAS – In 1978 California’s voters restored the death penalty by passing Proposition 7, the Briggs Initiative.

WHEREAS – In 2012 California’s voters reaffirmed their support of the death penalty by voting down Proposition 34’s attempt to abolish it.  

WHEREAS – The death penalty is an important crime deterrent, and has been successful in other states in the Union, and

WHEREAS – For the “worst of the worst” murderers, the death penalty is the only fair and just punishment.  

WHEREAS – Death row killers have murdered over 1000 victims, including 229 children and 43 police officers; 235 victims were raped and 90 victims were tortured, and

WHEREAS – Due to judicial rulings, just thirteen of these murderers have been executed in California since the death penalty was reinstated in 1978, while 748 continue to remain on death row, and

WHEREAS - Judicial activism has created an endless stream of appeals for convicted capital punishment offenders resulting in numerous and repeated appeals taking over 25 years on average, and

To condemn someone to death is the ultimate punishment, and it is reserved for those who commit the worst imaginable crimes.

WHEREAS – These endless appeals are overloading and crippling our judicial system and wasting millions of taxpayer dollars.  

WHEREAS – In February 2006, U.S. District Court Judge Jeremy D. Fogel blocked the execution of convicted murderer Michael Morales because of complaints about the administration of lethal injection, thereby creating a de facto death penalty moratorium, and

WHEREAS – On July 16, 2014 Federal District Court Judge Cormac Carney ruled the death penalty unconstitutional as cruel and unusual punishment because of the delay in California’s implementation of executions, and

WHEREAS – Crime victims and their families deserve justice and due process, but don’t receive it. Convicted murderers who are sentenced to death by a trial court, after a unanimous jury recommendation, and a reasonable time for appeal, should be executed consistent with the order of the trial court and the finding by the jury, and

WHEREAS - Death row killers get “special treatment” such as single cell housing and no required work assignments.  Those sentenced to death, like any other criminal defendant should be required to work in prison and pay restitution to their victims’ families consistent with the Victims’ Bill of Rights (Marsy’s Law). Refusal to work and pay restitution should result in loss of privileges, and

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED – The California Republican Party calls upon the Legislature to legislatively address the judicial barriers created to the effective implementation of the Death Penalty.