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June 22, 1989 | KARL SCHOENBERGER, Times Staff Writer
An old slogan from the Chinese Communist lexicon is popping back into conversations these days: "Kill a chicken to frighten the monkey." The sacrificial fowl, as it were, turns out to be three men who were executed in Shanghai on Wednesday for their allegedly violent roles in a protest movement that was overwhelmingly nonviolent. The "monkey" consists of the more than 1,600 others detained so far in a massive sweep of protesters, the thousands more who face possible persecution for "thought crimes" and, by extension, the entire Chinese populace.
March 1, 2014 | By Kevin Bronson
Not two hours after he performed his passion project in an 88-seat theater on a recent Sunday night, Ross Golan made the rounds at a Grammy after-party hosted by Daft Punk, smiling as Jay Z and Beyoncé glided by and making nice with Madonna and Skrillex and Pharrell Williams. Inhabiting either world would have been inconceivable five years ago to Golan, whose first rock band had failed, whose second was flailing and whose days were spent toiling in his condo. Which was in foreclosure.
October 10, 2012
Re "Manson's 'right-hand man' is closer to parole," Oct. 5 As long as Charles Manson is even eligible for parole after having his death sentence commuted to life imprisonment without the possibility of parole - and since his former follower Bruce Davis could be released from prison soon - this Democrat will always vote against repealing the death penalty. If not Manson, then who? Paula Del Los Angeles ALSO: Letters: No to torture Letters: A leaderless America Letters: Mixing high school football and religion
February 11, 2014 | By Maria L. La Ganga
SEATTLE - Declaring that he is "not convinced equal justice is being served" by the death penalty as it is carried out today, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday declared a moratorium on executions. Inslee did not commute the sentences of the nine prisoners on death row or issue pardons. Instead, he told reporters, if a death penalty case comes to him for action, he will issue a reprieve. "Equal justice under the law is the state's primary responsibility," Inslee said. "The use of the death penalty in this state is unequally applied, sometimes dependent on the size of the county's budget where the crime occurred.
October 14, 2012
Re "A case of true confession?," Column One, Oct. 10 The fact that a dying inmate may have falsely confessed his guilt to exonerate another inmate on death row is only one reason voters should pause before voting to abolish the death penalty. Eyewitnesses who now say they are no longer certain of their earlier identification that served to convict the supposedly "innocent" defendant also have this motive to lie: that the victim is long dead and nothing can bring him back, and there is pressure in the neighborhood where the crime was committed now to support the defendant, not the police.
March 15, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Maryland is poised to become the 18th state to abolish capital punishment after the General Assembly gave final approval to a bill ending the death penalty. In an 82-56 vote on Friday, the House of Delegates approved the measure that would end executions in favor of life in prison without parole. The state Senate approved a similar measure last week. The bill had been strongly backed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, a Democrat, who has pledged to sign it. No date has been set for the signing but it will come after the legislative session ends next month, according to the governor's office.
August 11, 1998
Re "Federal Death Cases Often End With Life," Aug. 3: The federal government stinks to hell in struggling over capital punishment. It is morally right for them to die. Period. They took a life. Nothing to struggle about. This country is so wimpy in enforcing justice. Those jackasses have more rights than the victims. Justice unserved. JANET ELLIS Los Angeles
February 9, 2014
Re "Death penalty in Boston?," Editorial, Feb. 2 Thank you for your clear rationale declaiming the death penalty even for such a horrid crime as targeting innocent runners and spectators at the Boston Marathon. Vengeance is clearly no good reason for taking anyone's life. The death penalty is, as you so aptly point out, not only barbaric but immoral. As a Catholic, it is against the principle that I respect life from birth to death. Other stringent methods to punish a person exist and are more effective, such as life without parole.
February 8, 2014
The Times' editorial Sunday opposing the death penalty for accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev prompted Robert S. Henry, a retired capital case coordinator with the California attorney general's office, to write a letter defending capital punishment: "The Times says that life imprisonment without parole is sufficient for Tsarnaev because it 'punishes the criminal while protecting society from future acts of violence.' This limits the...
January 21, 2014 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
HOUSTON - A Mexican national facing execution in Texas this week has drawn support from Mexican officials, a former Texas governor and U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who appealed to Gov. Rick Perry and state courts for a reprieve - so far, unsuccessfully. Edgar Tamayo, 46, a Mexican citizen, is scheduled to be put to death Wednesday for fatally shooting Houston Police Officer Guy Gaddis in 1994. Gaddis, 24, had been flagged down near a nightclub by a man who accused Tamayo of robbing him. The officer arrested Tamayo, handcuffed him and put him in the back of his patrol car. The officer was driving away when Tamayo drew a pistol he had concealed and shot Gaddis three times in the back of the head.
January 16, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Convicted murderer and rapist Dennis McGuire took more than 15 minutes to die, appearing to gasp during his execution Thursday by Ohio using a combination of drugs never tried before in the United States. The process, using a two-drug protocol, is the latest attempt by states seeking a way to execute prisoners in a constitutionally approved manner that avoids cruel and unusual punishment. The issue has been complicated because the manufacturer of a drug previously used made it unavailable for use in capital punishment.
October 4, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
When Californians aren't soaking in their hot tubs, spreading free love or engaging in other sybaritic activities, they're harvesting their macrobiotic sprouts and medical marijuana and getting their auras adjusted. As for politics, the state is blue as the Pacific and so far left it would fall off the edge of the continent if the ocean wasn't there to buoy it up. Or so, at least, much of the rest of the country perceives the Golden State and its kooky, sun-baked citizenry. Like many caricatures, there is, at root, some truth to the cartoonish depiction.
September 14, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
Is the only good rapist a dead rapist? That certainly appears to be the sentiment of many in India after a judge on Friday sentenced four men to be hanged for their parts in the rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in December. What's the view of the man on the street? Well, as my colleague Mark Magnier reported from New Delhi : Pawan Kumar, a 52-year-old textile shopkeeper, said he would be happy to do the honors. "They deserve capital punishment," the northern Uttar Pradesh state resident said.
June 20, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Oregon's top court has upheld the power of the governor to block an execution, even if the inmate wants a speedy death. In a ruling released on Thursday , the Oregon Supreme Court held that Gov. John Kitzhaber acted within his authority when he granted a reprieve delaying the death sentence of Gary Haugen, who was convicted of two murders. Haugen had brought suit against the governor, arguing that Kitzhaber had improperly ordered the reprieve because the chief executive opposed the death penalty.
June 19, 2013 | Matt Hamilton
Heriberto Eddie Rodriguez was far from a model inmate. Two months after arriving at the Men's Central Jail, authorities say, the San Fernando Valley gang member beat and kicked his cellmate as he lay on the ground -- then forced him to sleep under the bed. Weeks later, he allegedly assaulted a new cellmate. The man was clasping at the cell's bars with blood dripping down his face when a sheriff's deputy arrived. He was begging for help. Rodriguez, who is 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs 165 pounds, stomped on a third cellmate who wouldn't give up his blanket, authorities say, and he was part of a group of prisoners who beat and choked another man who was in custody for a few days for driving on a suspended license.
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