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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Death Penalty is considered a boon by some California Inmates"

The story can be found in the Los Angeles Times.  Here is the lead:

White supremacist gang hit man Billy Joe Johnson got what he asked for from the Orange County jury that convicted him of first-degree murder last month: a death sentence.

It wasn't remorse for his crimes or a desire for atonement that drove him to ask for execution; it was the expectation that conditions on death row would be more comfortable than in other maximum-security prisons and that any date with the executioner would be decades away if it came at all.

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