Debra J. Saunders

OK, but I called the No on 34 folks, and they told me the state League of Women Voters never had met with them. True, Hutchison answered. But that's because the group was working to end California's death penalty before Proposition 34 qualified for the ballot.

Nothing opponents could have said -- and no facts they could have presented -- would have swayed the League of Women Voters from its support for Proposition 34.

The Piedmont group called its forum "Proposition 34 -- Should California Kill the Death Penalty?" That sounds like a question.

Attorney Cliff Gardner is scheduled to speak in support of the proposition. Gardner now represents Scott Peterson, who is on death row for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their fetus. Gardner filed an appeal that contends Peterson could not get a fair trial in San Mateo County. It's sort of ironic because Phyllis Loya cannot get a hearing, fair or otherwise, with the League of Women Voters.

As Loya concluded, "there is no room for victims at their table."

Debra J. Saunders

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