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September 23, 2012

Recent commentary on this election season's criminal justice initiatives

It is now just weeks until the election, and thus the time for full-throated pitches on the important criminal justice initiatives coming before voters in various states.  Here are some recent commentary and editorials:

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can I write what I think ?

Posted by: Claudio GiustiI | Sep 24, 2012 10:34:52 AM

Prof. Berman, thanks for the Saunders article.

The SF Chronicle talks to Mark Klaas about "Richard Allen Davis, the man who kidnapped [from a slumber party], toyed with and then killed Klaas' 12-year-old daughter, Polly, in 1993. A jury found Davis guilty and sentenced him to death in 1996.

A/ Davis taunted, laughed, and gestured at the family in court again and again.

B/ "three jurors wept as they looked at photographs of Polly's small, headless body...legs splayed apart and clothing pushed above the waist." http://articles.latimes.com/

C/ "Klaas wants to see Davis executed…he cites…17-year-old Chelsea King in 2010…14-year-old Amber Dubois, Gardner [the convicted sex offender] went for a deal."

D/ [Davis] admitted to killing King… "You take the death penalty off the table, crimes will not be solved. Victims will not be recovered."
D/ "[T]he Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty hosts a Richard Allen Davis home page, [whereat] the convicted killer displays "hand-painted wood hobby craft items," which he made"

C/ "posts photos of himself…Talks about whether one such as he can "ever fall back in love with life again?""

B/ "invites interested parties to write to him at San Quentin, &ct, &ct."

A/ "Thanks to a highly successful defense lobby and federal judges
who have stalled the enforcement of California law, only 13 of the
state's 700-plus death-row inmates have been executed since 1992."

Posted by: Adamakis | Sep 24, 2012 1:27:18 PM

No one's stopping you from writing what you think, Claudio. Just try to write in a coherent manner and don't spread distortions and outright lies. By the way, you really ought to begin sentences with a capital letter.

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