She thought she could bury the past.
Especially since the past could cost her the campaign.
When faced with reality, Kamala Harris would rather keep this one story hidden.
The death penalty has had a long and drawn out history in California; constantly debated over and over again.
Throughout the sixties and seventies, it was hotly debated on whether or not the death penalty was considered cruel and unusual punishment.
Because of these debates, no executions were carried out for over twenty-five years.
Finally, in 1977, the death penalty was deemed legal for very specific cases.
The official website of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation stated:
It was “reinstated as a possible punishment for first-degree murder under certain conditions. These special circumstances include: murder for financial gain, murder by a person previously convicted of murder, murder of multiple victims, murder with torture, murder of a peace officer, murder of a witness to prevent testimony and several other murders under specified circumstances.”
Despite this ruling, the debate still raged on for many years afterwards.
Shipwreckcrew, a collection of authors who publish to the blog RedState, described how the death penalty is handled in court cases today.
“The appeals process of individual criminal cases where the death penalty was imposed is normally handled by the District Attorney of the county where the case was brought. But when the court fight turns to federal constitutional challenges to the death sentence imposed, or the manner in which California implements the death penalty, the Attorney General for California becomes the advocate defending the conviction and sentence.”
Thus, the death penalty falls to either the DA or Attorney General of California to decided.
From 2010 to 2016, Kamala Harris held these offices.
She has an impressive history as the DA and Attorney General in California, but the legislation she supported will shock her new loyal band of followers.
Her stance today is as follows:
“My entire career I have been opposed — personally opposed — to the death penalty,” Harris said. “And that has never changed.”
However, this is not the case.
During her time as DA and Attorney General, she strongly advocated for the use of the death penalty.
Now, as her position of power grows stronger, she is attempting to bury that part of her past to gain sympathy with her followers.
She did this before when she was campaigning for her position for Attorney General in 2010.
She only won by a narrow margin because she advocated against the death penalty.
Then, later in her career as Attorney General, she had to defend the death penalty to ensure she kept her position.
Clearly, this constant switch reveals she has no stock or belief in this issue one way or the other.
She will merely parrot what she believes will get her the most votes and support at that current time.
Her inconsistency raises a new set of fears for the upcoming months.
If she is only saying what she thinks people will want to hear, how can voters make a truly informed decision on who runs the country.
There’s no telling what Harris actually supports.
We can only wait and see what she will do.