<< Fixing Criminal Law Errors Retroactively | Main | Terrorists Attack Boston Marathon, Academia Goes Nuts >>


Almost

| 2 Comments
"SAFE California" is an organization set up to push last year's death penalty repeal initiative.  Any doubt about who they really are is dispelled by the fine print at the end of the emails they send out: "'SAFE California' and 'Justice that works for everyone' are Service Marks of ACLU of Northern CA."

Now that California voters have rejected repeal of the death penalty, the question facing the Legislature is whether to stick with the status quo, which everyone agrees is a huge, ineffective waste, or enact the reforms that will save time, save money, and improve justice in one sweep.  Senator Joel Anderson has introduced a pair of measures, SB 779 and SCA 13, to do just that.  These are broad-ranging reforms that will address the problems that have needlessly held up enforcement of the death penalty, while maintaining and improving the reviews of capital cases that are actually needed.  [I wrote parts of it, BTW.]

One minor provision of the measure addresses the fact that California law permits the gas chamber as an alternative method of execution.  Given that the alternative exists in current law and inmates have chosen alternative methods in other states, it needs to be operational.

The ACLU-puppet "SAFE California" has focused on this provision in their attack on the measure.  I have copied their email after the break.  For one particular aspect of their email, I will quote Carl Adams, the plain-speaking District Attorney of Sutter County and President of the California District Attorneys' Association:

   I also think it is fair comment to quote Natasha Minsker's e-mail on behalf of the A.C.L.U.  She writes, in part:

   "The California District Attorneys Association and Senator Joel Anderson of San Diego have introduced a bill to bring back the gas chamber. Yes, you read that right: after the SAFE California Campaign nearly succeeded in replacing the death penalty, the District Attorneys of California respond by proposing to take our state back to an even darker age."

   What she describes as the anti-death penalty campaign "nearly succeeding in replacing the death penalty" was in fact a simple loss.  It is the A.C.L.U. who is arrogantly out of touch with the will of the people of California who want a death penalty that works and while those concerned with public safety work to fulfill the will of the people of California, extremist groups like the A.C.L.U. continue to broadcast their minority viewpoint.  It would be like Mitt Romney proclaiming that he "nearly succeeded in replacing President Obama" and demanding to have the country follow his ideas.  Everyone would look at him as arrogantly crazy and that is how the A.C.L.U. should be viewed.
Here is the email:

Dear Friend,

The California District Attorneys Association and Senator Joel Anderson of San Diego have introduced a bill to bring back the gas chamber. Yes, you read that right: after the SAFE California Campaign nearly succeeded in replacing the death penalty, the District Attorneys of California respond by proposing to take our state back to an even darker age.

I don't have to tell you how outrageous this proposal is but apparently we have to tell CA's District Attorneys.

Sign the petition to the California District Attorneys Association and Senator Joel Anderson, letting them know that the people of the United States reject their proposal to return California to the dark days of gas chamber executions. Let them know that SB 779 is misguided, dangerous, and out of touch with the values of the people of the United States of America.

SB 779 would return California to gas chamber executions by allowing "a nontoxic gas administered in a lethal manner, such as by displacing oxygen," thereby suffocating a person to death. Implementing this plan would make California the only jurisdiction in the world to carry out executions by suffocation.

Just how crazy is this plan? Here's more:

    No country in the world currently carries out executions by gas, in any form.
    No state in the US currently carries out executions by gas, in any form.
    The only documented use of execution by any gas other than hydrogen cyanide is from Nazi Germany where 12 million innocent people were killed, 1 million of them gassed using carbon monoxide.

Tell the California District Attorneys Association what you think of this proposal -- sign the petition now!

We cannot let our opponents ignore the incredible work over the last five years to replace the death penalty in New York, New Mexico, New Jersey, Illinois, Connecticut, and Maryland, and the change in voter attitudes in California revealed by Prop 34. We cannot allow them to halt the progress of our Nation or our movement. We cannot go back.

Share your outrage with them now.

In Solidarity,
Natasha Minsker
Campaign Manager

All content © 2013 ACLU of Northern CA
"SAFE California" and "Justice that works for everyone" are Service Marks of ACLU of Northern CA
  237 Kearny St., #334 | San Francisco, CA 94108

Copying the email here is "fair use," though.

2 Comments

Ironically, one of the methods of suicide recommended by Derek Humphrey, the founder of the former Hemlock Society, in his book "Final Exit" is the replacement of oxygen by helium via use of a helium tank and a bag or a mask. This method reportedly causes unconsciousness very quickly, and death follows painlessly quite shortly thereafter. If it's good enough for the founder of the Hemlock Society, why is it so horrifying to the ACLU?

Because the ACLU is horrified at anything that resembles justice.

Leave a comment

Monthly Archives