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We need to use the laws we have in place before creating new ones

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Posted: Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:00 am

Recently there have been lots of ideas on how to keep an evil like the Connecticut school shooting from happening again — new laws, more gun legislation.

Does anyone realize how many people convicted of evil crimes are sitting on death row in California? We don't follow up on the laws already in place, what makes everyone think that any new laws will make a difference?

The Michael Morales case in our area involved a beautiful high school girl whom he didn't know. He was asked by his cousin to "take care of her." After hitting her several times in the head with a hammer, strangling her with a belt and leaving her in a vineyard to die after raping her, he was sentenced to death.

That was over 30 years ago, and he's still with us, while tax dollars have paid for habeas corpus reviews (to make sure his rights weren't violated at trial) and protests that execution practices aren't constitutional. This crime was pure evil, even though it only involved one victim. The only difference is he didn't take his own life.

Most would agree that a death sentence is only found in cases of evil. California voters have confirmed more than once that death is the "justice" regarding these cases. Yet, it isn't so.

We don't follow up with what we have, so why does anyone think new legislation will make any difference?

Ken Rohde


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