At Gov. Gavin Newsom's direction, San Quentin State prison officers dismantled the execution chamber, loading the lethal injection gurney and gas chamber chairs onto a truck to be stored on the prison grounds. (Photo, courtesy of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.)

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Why Gov. Gavin Newsom issued death penalty reprieves, the mob hit that informed his decision, Southern California Edison power lines sparked the Thomas Fire

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