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The Death Penalty Is a Joke in California

January 27, 2003

"Echoes of Illinois on Death Row" (Jan. 23), concerning the similarities between Illinois and California with regard to the administering of the death penalty, really had me running for my crying towel.

Am I supposed to feel sorry for these murderers? At last count, there are over 600 inmates in California on death row. Does that tell you something? Why does anyone worry about it anyway?

We're not Texas. Winning a lottery is easier than being executed in this state. The death penalty is just a big joke.

Maybe someone can explain to me why we give murderers 20 years of appeals while murderers give their victims none. Somehow, that doesn't seem fair.

Thomas Cresswell

Lakewood

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