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Victims' Families and JLWOP

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The California Legislature is presently considering a pernicious piece of legislation to enable 16- and 17-year-old murderers to have their life-without-parole sentences modified to life-with-parole.  Doug Krikorian of the Long Beach Press-Telegram has this story on Tom Shadden, whose son was murdered by a couple of teenage thugs, and his opposition to the bill.

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I wrote my State Senator and Assemblyman about SB 9 as well as last year's version. Being from the Bay Area, not suprisingly I received no response from my Senator regarding this awful proposed legislation that guarantees the victim's families are reminded, by way of a new sentencing hearing, of the "juvenile" who murdered their loved one at the 10, 15, 20 and 25 year anniversary of their arrest. As if the otherwise death eligible murder, trial and initial sentencing were not enough to put them through.

My Assemblyman's Chief of Staff laughably argued that the bill was narrowly tailored and would not apply to each and every "juvenile" murderer serving LWOP. These people either do not practise criminal law, have not talked to anyone who is honest who does, or they do not care about the truth.

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