Letters to the Editor

July 18, 2014

Death penalty: what is California's real problem?

Re "Judge blocks death penalty" (Capitol & California, July 17): California's death penalty is ruled unconstitutional, not simply the death penalty but specifically California's unique version. The article refers to it as dysfunctional and a system without any legitimate purpose.

On these issues, I agree. However, I have a few questions.

Why is the California version so riddled with delay, and why is it so rarely undertaken and why is it so arbitrary? For my entire adult life, I have had these questions. We have voted on it many times, and this issue never seems to go away, but I cannot for the life of me find a definitive news article explaining why California is so different than say the monthly executions in Texas or Florida.

Is it defense attorneys, judges, legislation as currently written, the state attorney general? Please, can some news organization somewhere please research and print an article that finally tells us readers why?

-- Carolyn Pease, Citrus Heights

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