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Death penalty backers now urge its end

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Judge (Donald) McCartin of the Orange County Superior Court sentenced nine California men to death. He firmly believed in the death penalty and did everything he could to assure error-free trials. He was a very smart and colorful judge. He described himself as being to the right of Attila the Hun. Not a single one of those nine people has yet been executed and three of the death verdicts have been reversed by the federal courts. Ron Briggs is a two-term supervisor in El Dorado County. He and his dad, State Senator John Briggs, secured the Passage of Proposition 7 in 1978 that enacted our current death penalty law. Donald Heller is a Sacramento attorney. The Briggs family asked him to write a very strong and attack-proof death penalty law that became Proposition 7. He proclaims to this day that he succeeded and no attack on his law has been successful. Jeanne Woodford wanted a law enforcement career after she graduated from college in 1978. She eventually became warden at San Quentin and carried out four executions. All four of these people firmly believed in the death penalty. All four of them have since called for its abolition in California. Judge McCartin recently died but in 1993 he said that the death penalty will not work in California and needs to be abolished. He wrote Gov. Brown in 2010 and again urged abolition. Ron Briggs, Donald Heller and Jeanne Woodford are now actively involved in urging Californians to vote Yes on Proposition 34 to change our death penalty to Life Without Parole and use some of the money saved to enhance the apprehension of those who commit murder and rape. These people are not bleeding heart liberals. They all played a very active role in enacting the death penalty. Their opinions deserve your attention. Vote Yes on Proposition 34. Paul Comiskey, Newcastle