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Pot and Kettle

July 23, 1986

The White House issued a statement to Italy expressing disappointment that the Achille Lauro hijackers/murderers were not treated more severely. This sentiment from a country where:

--A man with premeditated intent, and with no compunction, hammers his Stanford professor to death, and is released after a mere seven years in prison.

--Dan White murders two San Francisco city officials, and serves only five years.

--Two Inglewood men stab an 8-year-old child to death, and their sentences are lessened to three and six years, respectively, due to a legal loophole.

Our country is in no position to criticize another for leniency.

DEANNE POULOS

Los Angeles

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