New Death Penalty Initiative
The Times- Standard reports on a new death penalty initiative being proposed for circulation. This one will speed up the appeals process for death penalty cases. I doubt I'll be signing it.
I'm generally opposed to the death penalty, but you won't find me out in front of San Quentin protesting planned executions. I think some death penalty cases are richly deserved. I'm just not sure I trust our government and justice system to apply it properly, never mind the idea of an innocent man being convicted.
Then there's Gary Lee Bullock, the guy accused of killing Rev. Eric Freed. They're considering the death penalty for him. The guy's goose is cooked as the evidence seems overwhelming that he did it, or was at least involved. Yet he's pleading Not Guilty at this point in time. If he fesses up and saves us a lot of trouble, I'm not averse to dropping the death penalty in his case, either.