By From page A5 | November 11, 2013


Being intimately familiar with various death penalty cases in El Dorado County for the last 40 years, I must extend kudos to the DA’s office (a rare occasion) for the Nissensohn verdict. It was a complex, ancient case that lasted many months. Lawyers from both sides lasted in motel rooms far from home and their families. This case cost a bloody fortune. Numerous witnesses were from far away, retired, etc. I have no problem with that; the defendant said, “I didn’t do it,” thus the state must prove it.

The article in today’s paper indicated that Mr. Nissensohn will be sentenced on Nov. 12. Not true (Tahoe Tribune screw up not Mountain Democrat’s). On that date, the “Death Penalty Phase” will commence. Why?

This is another trial where witnesses testify, some shrinks, I predict, victims, and weeping and gnashing of teeth to attain the death penalty. This is indeed a waste of taxpayers’ money. I don’t know how long it will last, only that it will cost more. Due to his age and the length of appeals, Mr. Nissensohn will die before he even has a chance to roll up his sleeve. Urge District Attorney Pierson to forgo the death penalty and agree to life without parole and save us money.

Just a little morbid, the Sacramento Bee ran a gallery of current death row inmates from surrounding counties. While reviewing mine, Karis, Cox and Coddington, I said to myself, “Jeez they look old,” then I looked in the mirror (Karis died in prison several weeks ago).

You really want revenge? Then spend a lot of money.


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