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Santa Clara County will no longer seek death penalty, DA says

Original post made on Jul 22, 2020

Santa Clara County District Attorney Jeff Rosen announced Wednesday that his office will no longer seek the death penalty, that it will form a new unit to investigate police misconduct and that it will work to eliminate cash bail.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 22, 2020, 1:39 PM

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Posted by ALB
a resident of College Terrace
on Jul 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm

As Gov. Ryan of Illinois realized years ago many of the men on death row who were executed were found innocent after the fact. He stopped the death penalty in his state because so many people died who did not commit murder. Why were they (mostly people of color) on death row in the first place. it is proven that there were in some cases withheld evidence and hence dirty prosecutors and officers. DNA is much more reliable and sophisticated today and these innocent people have been exonerated after their deaths. Why has it taken Rosen so long to wake up? He knows full well what Project Innocence has shown the country -- that innocent people are killed in this country via execution. I believe we are the only first world nation to have the death penalty. Shame on us.


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Posted by James Daulton
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2020 at 9:04 am

DA Jeff Rosen's reform proposals are a step in the right direction with one exception...

Though there are isolated cases involving wrongful imprisonment and executions, the death penalty should not be abolished for those found guilty of 1st degree murder.

Elimination of the death penalty is an affront to family victims and society as a whole, not to mention various faith-driven beliefs that murder is morally reprehensible.

Though it has been suspended in CA by the governor, perhaps family victims should be allowed to have the final say on these matters...let them decide if the guilty party is to be allowed lifetime imprisonment or executed as a sense of closure is important to some.

Besides, it takes a long time for someone on death row in CA to finally get their sentenced due and this in itself amounts to a form of life imprisonment. CA is not TX where the wait time is short.

Though some may argue that the death penalty is not a deterrent to murder, the same can be said of other sentencing guidelines for robbery, embezzlement, sexual offenses and others.






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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 23, 2020 at 10:24 am

California moves ever more far left to assist convicted criminals. Where are their actions to protect the general public, much less victims?
Eliminating cash bail is a bad idea, dangerous for those who were just victimized, (when these suspects are put right back out in the street!) Be aware of what’s happening in this state.
Overcrowding in jail is a lower priority than safety of the public. Recidivism is common.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 23, 2020 at 10:28 am

In above, “their” refers to elected and appointed public officials.
SF District Attorney is one of these worth looking up on background and philosophy with respect to the Law and crime and prosecution (not): Chesa Boudin. Wow, I am staying away from S.F., don’t expect any help if you are a crime victim in that city.


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Posted by James Daulton
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2020 at 11:47 am

>"California moves ever more far left to assist convicted criminals."

^ To wrongfully PROTECT is perhaps a better word. Convicted
inmates are there for a reason.

>"Where are their actions to protect the general public, much less victims?"

^ We are in the midst of a 'boo-hoo' mindset on behalf of those who should be incarcerated.

Use a gun, rob a bank > go to prison...no questions asked.

Kill someone in a premeditated fashion > face the consequences depending on the state execution statutes.

No sympathy here for convicted criminals...any and all.


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Posted by JimS
a resident of Downtown North
on Jul 23, 2020 at 2:19 pm

Wonderful news - all of it.


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Posted by in other news
a resident of Barron Park
on Jul 23, 2020 at 10:47 pm

"Man with 230 felonies charged in gruesome Florida massacre"


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 11, 2020 at 7:15 pm

Mark Weiss is a registered user.

I’m against the “death penalty”.
I saw Bryan Stevenson speak at Kepler’s. I saw Sister Helen Prejean at West Coast Live. I shook both their hands, had them sign my book.
But why do you mention Benitez? And I’m here 3 months later because you link back to this.


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Posted by Alex
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 12, 2020 at 10:28 am

Alex is a registered user.

Good. If a single innocent person is put to death due to the state, that's one person too many. The death penalty is ineffective and costly, and should be done away with in a civilized society.


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Posted by john_alderman
a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 13, 2020 at 4:10 pm

john_alderman is a registered user.

"As Gov. Ryan of Illinois realized years ago many of the men on death row who were executed were found innocent after the fact. He stopped the death penalty in his state because so many people died who did not commit murder."

Wow, this totally wrong. There were no exonerations of any executed convicts in Illinois. There were several convicts on death row who were exonerated.

Gov Ryan himself was convicted on corruption charges, and spent 5 years in Federal prison. His successor was Rod Blagojevich, who also ended up in prison. It does seem to confirm deep corruption in Illinois.


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