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'Fear Stalks Death Row'

November 29, 1987

The biggest problem contributing to the paper chase that clutters the system with injustice is the defense attorneys ("Fear Stalks Death Row as the Inevitable Nears," Nov. 8).

William J. Kopeny, one of the attorneys representing Randy Steven Kraft, feels that the first execution in the state will be hard on him as an attorney and that it will make him think that "we aren't doing nearly enough."

I would imagine that it would be hard on him if his client is executed; there will be no more of the taxpayers' money being allocated to him for his client's defense.

It is appalling to see a lawyer get so emotional over convicted murderers. I wonder whether Kopeny is as concerned that no one does enough for . . . victims and their families.

DONNA EAGAR

Westminster

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