Monday, January 16, 2006

Why the crowds aren't shouting to spare an aged death-row inmate

From LA Weekly a discussion of the reasons that Clarence Ray Allen is no Tookie.

Another reason is that Allen, though old and weak, is in many ways the poster boy for death-penalty advocates. He gives them the single best reason to extort the virtues of the death penalty over a life sentence.

Bryon Schletewitz’s family had this to say.

“If justice would have been done 25 years ago, if he was given the death sentence for his first murder, Bryon would be alive today and he would be the one who could have grown old,” said Clayton Schletewitz, 71, a farmer and former Quaker minister. “The administration of justice is so long in coming, it’s become an injustice. This whole thing has been outrageous. The death penalty doesn’t seem to be working because we really aren't implementing it.”

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