By Jan Scully and Phyllis Loya
Special to The Bee
Jan Scully, Sacramento County district attorney, and Phyllis Loya, the mother of a murdered Pittsburg police officer, are responding to Tuesday’s Viewpoints article “Death penalty in California does not make us any safer.” The article stated that the ballot initiative SAFE California “will provide public protection by keeping those truly guilty of death penalty crimes locked up for life.”
The American Civil Liberties Union has waged a relentless attack on public safety in California for decades. Their goal: overturn the death penalty. Their approach has been shameful and costly, in dollars and pain for victims.
We are writing as the Sacramento County district attorney and the mother of a Pittsburg police officer whose son Larry Lasater was killed by a vicious murderer. We want California to know who’s behind the effort to abolish California’s death penalty.
It’s the ACLU. They are responsible for endless delays, frivolous appeals and a mountain of misinformation. Now, they claim capital punishment is broken and should be repealed.
This November, Californians will vote and hopefully reject the ACLU. The reason is that Californians don’t want the most violent criminals to escape justice: 135 sexual assault murderers, 126 torture murderers, 135 child murderers and 41 cop-killers…They are the ones the ACLU wants you to save…(Full text at Sacramento Bee)