November 2, 2012
Re "Debating Proposition 34," opinion, Oct. 28 Jimmy Carter has the chutzpah to write "The process for administering the death penalty in the United States is broken beyond repair. " The biggest problem with California's capital punishment law from 1987 to the present has been the judges appointed to the federal district courts and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals by none other than Carter. Once again, we are told the system is broken - by one of the key people who broke it. Fortunately, the "beyond repair" part is wrong.
March 23, 2012
Seven years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that offenders younger than 18 couldn't be sentenced to death, arguing that juveniles are generally less culpable than adults because they are less mature, more impulsive and more susceptible to peer pressure. By the same unassailable logic, the court should hold that sentencing young murderers to life without parole is cruel and unusual punishment. Evan Miller and Kuntrell Jackson were both 14 when they committed their crimes. Miller and a 16-year-old friend beat a neighbor and set fire to his house in Alabama, leading to the neighbor's death by smoke inhalation.
January 9, 2012
Balancing the budget Re "Schools face huge cuts in Brown plan," Jan. 6 I'm a conservative, but at this moment in California's history, I stand in awe of the brilliance of the state's liberal politicians. By primarily targeting education for cuts if higher taxes aren't approved by voters, they've ensured this never-ending goal is a fait accompli . After all, who is against having more of their money confiscated by government if it helps our kids? Wouldn't it have been refreshing if Gov. Jerry Brown had instead called for a reduction in California's myriad free money programs, referred to euphemistically by The Times as "social service programs," in an amount equal to the deficit?
October 27, 2010 |
Ludwig Wittgenstein, one of the 20th century's most influential philosophers, famously remarked: "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent. " Pirke Avot, the only Talmudic tractate to deal exclusively with ethical and moral questions, records this saying of Simeon, son of Rabbi Gamaliel: "I was raised among the sages and from them learned that nothing is to be preferred to silence. " Had Mark Jacobson taken counsel from such wisdom ancient and modern, readers might have been spared his repellant new book, "The Lampshade: A Holocaust Detective Story From Buchenwald to New Orleans.
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April 21, 2009 |
George Torres, a feisty entrepreneur who built a multimillion-dollar grocery store chain by catering to some of Los Angeles' poorest communities, was convicted of racketeering, solicitation of murder, bribery and other crimes Monday by a federal court jury. Torres, who faces potential life imprisonment as a result of the verdict, showed no emotion when it was read. Friends and family, however, burst into tears and embraced one another outside the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Stephen V.
October 20, 2008 |
A former Beijing vice mayor in charge of overseeing Olympic construction projects has been given a suspended death sentence for corruption, a court clerk said. The Intermediate People's Court in Hengshui, Hebei province, ordered the death sentence Saturday after finding Liu Zhihua guilty of taking bribes, said the clerk, who would give only his surname, Ma. But if Liu shows good behavior for the next two years, his sentence will be commuted to life imprisonment. Officials said Liu's misdeeds had nothing to do with the Olympic projects.