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Questioning the Recall and the Court's Ruling

September 18, 2003

Re "Political Bias Drives Justices' Delay of Recall," Commentary, Sept. 16: Richard Riordan closes his commentary by writing: "Californians should have the right to vote Oct. 7."

Excuse me, Mr. Mayor, but we Californians already voted last November, when we reelected Gov. Gray Davis in an open, free and fair election. What you are a party to is nothing less than a coup d'etat, started and financed by a sour-grapes millionaire and gleefully seized upon by the GOP in yet another attempt to overturn a major election it could not win.

For a self-professed "moderate" you do yourself great harm by siding with these immoral insurrectionists.

Michael Schlesinger

Sherman Oaks

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In defending the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals' baldly partisan decision to delay the California recall election (Commentary, Sept. 16), victorious co-counsel for the plaintiffs Erwin Chemerinsky obsequiously lauds the court's courage for ruling in his favor.

It is often said that there is a thin line between courage and stupidity, and the court's decision to thwart democracy by canceling an entire election based on hypothetical scenarios and the judges' political beliefs cannot be defined as "courageous" by any unbiased nonparticipant.

Zach Buhler

Diamond Bar

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If the courts make us wait until March to vote on the recall issue, we voters should file a class-action suit against cruel and unusual punishment.

Sally Cook

Granada Hills

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