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Rose Bird

In response to “Death Penalty Controversy Trails Bird,” Part A, May 14:

Calling (former chief justice of California) Rose Elizabeth Bird a victim is akin to calling Ted Bundy a victim. The real victims are the California voters and the loved ones of the long dead who are still waiting for justice. While claiming to be unbiased regarding the death penalty, this audacious woman reversed 62 out of 62 capital cases.

I have kept the following anonymous quote at my desk since her recall: “The Bird court may have acquired enormous stature among the intellectuals and the law schools, but it hasn’t had a lot of credibility with the average citizen. Restoring that credibility is what this recall election is all about.” If Rose Bird was aiming for a place in the history books she can rest assured that she will be found as a footnote with the likes of Richard Nixon.

LORRAINE GERARD

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