Re "Convicted Killer Gets Last-Minute Reprieve," Feb. 10:
I was never certain that Saddam Hussein was an imminent threat to the U.S., but I am certain that the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals is a dire threat to our justice system. After 21 years, this case has been reviewed by experts from both the defense and prosecution, and the evidence is overwhelming in the guilt of Kevin Cooper in the grisly murder of four innocent people. But the ultraliberal judges of the 9th Circuit need to see additional proof.
Give me a break! The two children and the parents who were slaughtered by this coldblooded killer do not have appeal rights. The Times reported that Cooper's appeal was supported by some of Hollywood's finest. I wonder where the finest were when the four victims were interred in the cold, damp ground.
I wonder if the 9th Circuit Court has given a thought to whether an eleventh-hour stay of execution constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" for both the condemned and his victims' survivors.