Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"You and I know, Governor, that there is no such thing as 'closure' when a loved one is taken. What family members must find is reconciliation with the reality of their loss, and that can begin the minute the perpetrator is sent to a prison he will never leave. But to ask them to endure the years of being dragged through the courts with the promise that the state will end their pain by causing the death of another is a cruel lie.
So I agree that we should no longer play games, Governor Brown. You and I are both older now, so let's stop playing the killing game...
I'm told you don't have the power to end the death penalty by yourself, but you can point the way. You can have a huge financial impact on California by following the lead of Governor Ryan of Illinois and commuting the sentences of all the men and women on California's death row - all 700-plus of them - to life without parole."
"An Open Letter to Gov. Jerry Brown from the Former 'Hanging Judge of Orange County,'" deathpenalty.org, Mar. 30, 2011
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Involvement and Affiliations:
California Superior Court judge (appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown (D)), 1978-1993
Lawyer, family law, 1957-1977
Former ensign, US Navy
JD, University of Minnesota, 1955
BA, Macalester College, 1947
Attended Dubuque College (ROTC program)
Attended Northwestern University in Chicago
Born Apr. 21, 1925, in Minneapolis, MN
Died Sep. 15, 2012
Served aboard the USS Tennessee during World War II
Nicknamed "the hanging judge of Orange County" because he presided over nine cases that ended with death penalty verdicts