It is a free country and Gov. Deukmejian does have the right, as you said in your editorial (Aug. 27), "Violation of a Concept," to declare how he will vote on California Supreme Court justices this fall. He does not, however, have the right to criticize Mayor Tom Bradley for refusing to join the lynch mob that is out to destroy the judicial careers of three honest, decent and capable jurists.
After having criticized Mayor Bradley for taking some time to announce that he would not publicly say how he would vote because it would further politicize the court, it is disingenuous for the governor to have taken months to declare his opposition to Justices Grodin and Reynoso, particularly when that announcement was so transparently timed to maximize the governor's single-issue campaign.
The general public may not know it, but every decision of the California Supreme Court is in writing and the governor knew as much about the decisions of Justices Grodin and Reynoso months ago as he knows now. His spokesman's litany of the count of votes of each of the three justices who overturned the death penalty reminds one of Madame Defarge in Charles Dickens' "A Tale of Two Cities" as she stitched the names of each accused into the death shrouds she was knitting at the French Revolutionary Tribunal.