I see from former Gov. Brown's article that he still misjudges what the people want and what government should be doing.
What the people want and are entitled to is the elimination from our society of those who deliberately murder others. They've said that they are even willing to provide attorneys at public expense to insure a fair determination of innocence or guilt. What the public wants is that after sentencing and the appeals that follow that the sentence be carried out.
What the public did not vote for in the three branches of government was paralysis. They did not vote for a governor who couldn't make a decision or a legislature that couldn't pass a law nor did they confirm justices who would paralyze the imposition of the death sentence.
One must give Chief Justice Bird and her similar voting colleagues some credit for judicial inventiveness in finding different reasons in 34 cases for not carrying out the death sentence. The public perception is that Bird is telling us that in 34 cases involving at least 34 judges, 34 prosecutors, 34 defense lawyers and 408 jurors, not once did they do the job right.