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Sunday I participated in a forum in Santa Rosa on Propositions 34 and 36.  I presented the opposition to 34, and Marc Klaas presented the opposition to 36.  Guy Rovner has this article in the Press Democrat.

My opponent, Lawrence Marshall, made an incredibly smarmy pitch, quoted at the end of the article:

"They are us, they're our children," he said, referring to murderers. "We are a community."
This did not sit well with Phyllis Loya, mother of a murdered police officer.  (See yesterday's post.)

Lawrence Marshall calls the death row killers "our children" They are not my children, Mr. Marshall. My son was murdered while serving as a police officer by one of the 43 cop killers on death row. Marshall's reliance on the reliability of a life without possible parole sentence is misplaced. One only has to look at the recently signed legislation SB9 which allows killers who are sentenced to life without possibility of parole for murders committed when they were 16 or 17 to now have multiple chances to have their sentence lowered after serving fifteen years. Life without possibility of parole (lwop) is only that for as long as the state legislature says it is. The ACLU and their brethen have an agenda: abolish the death penalty, then lwop, then long sentences, three strikes. Look at how prison realignment has worked..it hasn't. How many violent crimes have to occur? How many communities have to be ravaged by crime? Voters, I urge you to vote No on 34. Visit waitingforjustice.net to preserve the death penalty and protect California.

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The 729 on death row murdered at least 1,279 people, with 230 children. 43 were police officers. 211 were raped, 319 were robbed, 66 were killed in execution style, and 47 were tortured. 11 murdered other inmates.

The arguments in support of Pro. 34, the ballot measure to abolish the death penalty, are exaggerated at best and, in most cases, misleading and false.

No “savings.” Alleged savings ignore increased life-time medical costs for aging inmates and require decreased security levels and housing 2-3 inmates per cell rather than one. Rather than spending 23 hours/day in their cell, inmates will be required to work. These changes will lead to increased violence for other inmates and guards and prove unworkable for these killers. Also, without the death penalty, the lack of incentive to plead the case to avoid the death penalty will lead to more trial and related costs and appeals.

No “accountability.” Max earnings for any inmate would amount to $383/year (assuming 100% of earnings went to victims), divided by number of qualifying victims. Hardly accounts for murdering a loved one.

No “full enforcement” as 729 inmates do not receive penalty given them by jurors. Also, for the 34,000 inmates serving life sentences, there will be NO increased penalty for killing a guard or another inmate. They’re already serving a life sentence.

Efforts are also being made to get rid of life sentences. (Human Rights Watch, Old Behind Bars, 2012.) This would lead to possible paroles for not only the 729 on death row, but the 34,000 others serving life sentences. On 9/30/12, Brown passed the first step, signing a bill to allow 309 inmates with life sentences for murder to be paroled after serving as little as 15 years. Life without parole is meaningless. Remember Charles Manson and Sirhan Sirhan. Convicted killers get out and kill again, such as Darryl Thomas Kemp, Kenneth Allen McDuff, and Bennie Demps.

Arguments of innocence bogus. Can’t identify one innocent person executed in CA. Can’t identify one person on CA’s death row who has exhausted his appeals and has a plausible claim of innocence. See http://cadeathpenalty.webs.com/

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