To the editor: Your article on prisoner life on California’s largest death row shows that it’s time to accept that the decision on capital punishment in this state has been made — not by democratic referendum or legislation, but by the veto of a minority, either motivated by moral compunctions or professional benefit. (“A rare peek at San Quentin’s death row, and conversations with inmates awaiting their fates as political battles swirl,” Dec. 29)
The taking of a human life is distressing, even when it is that of a person who, after the most extensive trials and appeals, is proven without reasonable doubt to have taken the lives of innocent people.
California will not execute those whom a majority believe deserve death, so the least we can do is end the charade that makes capital punishment a less punitive version of life without parole.
Al Rodbell, Encinitas
To the editor: Your front-page article on death row shows what a farce California’s justice system has become.
You published an interesting photo of a condemned murderer typing away on his typewriter in his private cell — not exactly what we picture death row to be like in California. This isn’t justice.
Marcus Kourtjian, Northridge
Joel Anderson, Studio City