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As Sacramento Dawdles, District Attorneys Revolt

tito18 Wrote: Jul 29, 2012 6:35 PM
I am not surprised by Jerry Brown's opposition to the death penalty and his sabotaging the law. When he appointed Rose Bird, he knew she was opposed to the death penalty and would vote in every case against affirming a death verdict regardless of the facts and the law. Attorney Harris swore to uphold the law, but then she sends one of her minions to oppose imposition of the death penalty on the technicality that the three drug protocol must be approved by the courts. Rather than supporting the death penalty, she undermines its imposition. Frankly, I would not be surprised if Jerry Brown doesn't commute all death sentences if the initiative fails this fall to end capital punishment.

California's death penalty has been in limbo since 2006, when a federal judge stayed the execution of Michael Morales, who was sentenced to death for the brutal 1981 murder and rape of 17-year-old Terri Winchell. The judge was fearful lest the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol would cause Morales undue pain. Since then, a number of states have switched to a one-drug protocol. Why hasn't California? The answer could be that Gov. Jerry Brown and Attorney General Kamala Harris don't want the death penalty to work.

Brown and Harris are personally opposed to the death penalty, but when they campaigned...