Letters to the Editor

Letters: Oregon acquittal, email probe, redistricting panel, pregnant students

Marcus M. Mumford, attorney for Ammon Bundy, appears outside court after defendants were found not guilty on Oct. 28, 2016, in Portland, Ore.
Marcus M. Mumford, attorney for Ammon Bundy, appears outside court after defendants were found not guilty on Oct. 28, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Oregonian

Oregon refuge verdict bungled

Re “Leaders of armed standoff at Oregon refuge acquitted” (Page 13A, Oct. 28): The Bundy trial acquittal of the conspiracy charge seems to be based on a misunderstanding of the law on intent.

The defense argued that jurors should not: mix up the effect of the occupation – which undoubtedly kept federal employees from doing their jobs – from the “intent” of the occupiers.

But the law of intent is that if you know an effect of your act is substantially certain to occur you intend the effect. Regardless if you had another purpose for acting, if you knew that a consequence, e.g., impeding federal workers, would result, you intend that consequence. Otherwise any lawful purpose would shield any kind of consequential crime. Whether the instructions to the jury or the prosecution argument pointed this out is not apparent. Sadly, the jury did not get it.

Dan Murphy, Sacramento

New email probe doesn’t matter

Re “FBI investigating new emails for classified information” (SacBee, Oct. 28): As new potentially damaging emails come to light about Hillary Clinton, we should simply quote her Benghazi testimony and say, “What does it matter?”

We have millions on food stamps who will vote for Clinton. We have millions of unionized government workers who will vote for Clinton regardless. We have millions of “single issue” voters such as women’s groups, students with large loans, and those wanting open borders who will still vote for her regardless.

Only those who served in our military or those who lost loved ones care about national security and there are no longer enough of them in this once great country.

Richard Shoemaker,


Sacramento needs redistricting panel

Re “Trump is half-right when he says elections are rigged” (Editorials, Oct. 27): As highlighted in the editorial, California’s state redistricting commission is a model for other states to emulate to curb political gerrymandering. It is vital that we also remind voters, however, that we have the same opportunity on Nov. 8 for the city of Sacramento.

Measure L will create a citizens redistricting commission, structured similar to our state commission that has authority to draw City Council district lines in the future.

It’s time to put voters first and end the conflict of interest when politicians, not independent commissions, craft their own district boundaries.

Charlene Jones,


Common Cause of Greater Sacramento

RT caters to fans; commuters angry

Re “Sellout crowd greets Kings at Golden 1 Center” (Page 1A, Oct. 28): Sacramento Regional Transit has been bragging on its Facebook page how it is treating Kings fans to swag, entertainment and free rides. In the meantime, commuters who have been riding RT for years are still faced with unreliable buses, not enough light-rail trains and higher costs.

This is what I experienced last week, standing on a packed train while RT ambassadors suck up to Kings ticket-holders at the light-rail station. If RT wants to stay viable in Sacramento, it is going to have to do a lot more than cater to the rich and privileged.

Julie Bauer, Sacramento

Parenting students should know rights

Re “Young parents deserve to know their rights” (Forum, Oct. 23): Christina Marie Martinez is right; pregnant students need to know their rights.

Her experience shows us that being a student and a parent should not be an obstacle for success in life. Students should not be discriminated against for being pregnant.

Susana Medrano,



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