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Posted on November 2 at 10:51 a.m.
Wow. I was shocked by Stumbling Distance's assertion that I was not a real person. I am certainly not the person I was before April 23, 2005 which is the day my son was shot in the line of duty. That day changed my life forever. The two hollowpoint bullets that killed my son killed a part of me and everyone that cared for my sons. I am a ghost of myself, but I am real enough to be posting comments and fighting to preserve justice for my son and the other victims of death row killers.
If Stumbling Distance has any doubts that I exist, maybe he can meet me next May 5th and 6th of 2013 when I will be in Sacramento at the Law Enforcement Memorial ceremonies.
I was filmed most recently in Los Angeles at a press conference on October 30th when former governors Wilson, Deukmijean, and Davis gave bipartisan support to preserve the death penalty. Here is the link if he needs further proof.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-uFeU9C4nM
On True Permanent Imprisonment
Posted on November 1 at 9:26 a.m.
The people that argue it costs too much and it takes too long are the folks that created the delays and upped the costs . Now they seek to abolish it by saying it is too expensive. It is like someone who murders his parents and then pleads for mercy because he is an orphan.
One of the most ironic arguments they make is that death row inmates have too many privileges and are coddled but this law would change that and make them work. These same folks filed suits to get most of those privileges. I would be happy to take away their single cells, televisions, limit their visits, and third party access to internet web sites where they can troll for pen pals and potential patsies. However, if I did that Natasha Pinsker and her ACLU buddies would be filing a lawsuit the next day. By the way, the law about inmates working has been on the books for many years and Prop 34 adds nothing to it.
The voters need to look around. Prison realignment isn't working. How many people have to be murdered? How many communities have to be ravaged by crime? The ACLU and friends who are the driving force behind Prop 34 have an agenda: abolish death penalty, abolish life without possibility of parole, and shorten sentences. Give them an inch, they will take a mile.
When the writer argues that Prop 34 is justice for everyone, he does not speak for me and hundreds of other victims I have worked with to defend the death penalty. The justice we want is the justice California juries and judges that heard all the evidence gave us. Once appellate remedies have been exhausted, the sentence should be carried out.
The writer's anaylis regarding the costs of the death penalty is flawed. He divides the 4 billion by the thirteen executed, but that four billion covers the trial costs of more than 700 murderers on death row, and the costs of direct appeals for the majority of them. However, that mathematical deception is routinely used by the Yes on 34 folks, and I am sure that they gave him those figures. With his long history of public service, I wish he had visited our web site waitingforjustice.net and gotten our facts and viewpoint.
Less than one percent of the annual budget for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is spent on death row inmates. The death penalty needs amending, not ending.
Posted on November 1 at 9:08 a.m.
My son is a murdered California police officer whose killer is one of the 43 death row cop killers. I am proud to be part of the No on 34 campaign to preserve our death penalty. There are 225 child victims of death row killers, including five children under the age of 23 months who died because their tiny bodies couldn't handle being raped and sodomized. The death penalty is reserved for the worst of the worst murders. Only two percent of incarcerated murderers are on death row.
The change to life without parole (lwop) is a charade. Look at the recently passed SB9 which allows killers who killed when they were 16 or 17 and subsequently sentenced to lwop to have multiple sentencing hearings (5) to modify their sentence. Lwop is only lwop as long as the state legislature says it is, or voters redefine it, or a governor grants clemency.
Former governors Pete Wilson. George Deukmeijan, and Gray Davis all appeared at a press conference in Los Angeles on October 30th in a bipartisan opposition to the repeal of the death penalty. Each of these former governors urged votors to Vote No on 34.
Prop 34 is deceptive when it promises to put death row inmates to work. That law is already on our books, but corrections will always have the right to determine the security risk an inmate may pose. If the promised 100 million to law enforcement is so good, why is every major law enforcement agency in California against Prop 34? That money would come from our general fund, there is no guarantee it isn't redirected money rather than new money, and if evenly distributed among all the police agencies would only amount to funding each agency a detective for 11 days.
The California Police Chiefs Association, the California Sheriffs Association, the Highway Patrol Association, the California District Attorneys Association, Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriffs Associations throughout the state, and victims groups and advocates all urge voters to preserve the death penalty and vote No on 34.