Thank you for printing such a wide, thoughtful spectrum of opinion on Chief Justice Rose Elizabeth Bird and the attempted politicization of the California Supreme Court (Letters, June 26).
I was incredulous at one letter, however, which said, ". . . don't be concerned about my rights. Most of us believe that the odds against being accused of a murder we didn't commit and being tried and executed for it is a gamble we can live with." Oh, really? Well, I may be an overly cautious player, but that seems like a pretty hefty risk to me! (Especially when the stake just happens to be my life.) If that writer wants to relinquish his civil rights, fine, but you can't relinquish mine as well.
Our legal history is rife with overturned convictions, which is why the mere irrevocability of the death penalty, no matter how emotionally satisfying it is to some people, should give pause even to its most ardent supporters.
The willingness exhibited by some to overlook "minor" procedural errors by police in gathering evidence bodes ill for democracy. Just how colossal a blunder must law enforcement make before it is perceived as a genuine threat to the accused's civil liberties?