PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA

Opinion

No to Proposition 34

By From page A6 | October 12, 2012

A lot of murderers get life in prison. Some get 25 years-to-life. But the really horrid murderers get the death penalty. There are 725 of them on Death Row. At least four of them are from El Dorado County cases, such as Herb Coddington, who strangled two elderly ladies and stuffed them in garbage bags. He then sexually molested the two teenage models the ladies were chaperoning, raping one of them, all in a sound proof room. He held them captive for three days until law enforcement stormed his mobile home.

That was in 1987. It only took the jury three and a half hours to convict. They didn’t have any qualms about sentencing him to die. We don’t either.

Then there is Richard Ramirez, the Night Stalker, who terrorized Southern California in 1984-85. In 1989 he was convicted of 13 counts of murder, five counts of attempted murder, 11 counts of sexual assault, 14 burglaries. His actual murder count was almost double what he was convicted for. The death penalty belongs to this guy.

The argument against the death penalty is it’s too expensive housing all those death penalty cases. So what? Another argument is that it’s not working. So, make it work. If the three-stage IV isn’t acceptable to those judges who think it’s too cruel for the Night Stalker, then get a single shot IV or a firing squad. It’s time to thin out the population of merciless killers. It’s a crying shame the death penalty wasn’t reinstated when Charles Manson was convicted of the bloody Tate-La Bianca murders.

In the meantime vote no on Proposition 34. Just because a few so-called prisoner rights attorneys are tying up the executions doesn’t mean it’s forever. Dot the I’s and T’s and restart the executions. There are a lot of deserving cruel killers. We believe the death penalty is a deterrent. To make the deterrent meaningful the state needs to resume executions. Saving money is a phony issue. This is what we pay our taxes for — protection of society.

Mountain Democrat

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