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The Pros and Cons of Death Row

March 29, 1992

While acknowledging the viciousness of Robert Alton Harris' infamous murder of two teen-agers, Tim Rutten pleads for Harris to be spared based on his unfortunate childhood and mental limitations.

If one looks carefully at most murderers, similar factors might be found in an effort to spare their lives. Almost never do the abolitionists point out that most persons of similar backgrounds and/or inheritance don't commit murders.

LAWRENCE BERK

Ventura

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