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Mailbag: Seeking Death Penalty Vs. Wife Beheader

James Bond: Oh goodie, another death penalty! There's almost no question he'll get it. Then, it will NEVER happen. We'll have years and years and years of multiple appeals, bouncing back and forth costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and requiring witnesses and family members to worry and testify 10, 15 and even 20 years into the future. The Ninth Circuit will undoubtedly strike down the sentencing once or twice, and because the US Senate has failed to split the Ninth Circuit, his appeals will languish for years in an overburdened court. Eventually, he will pass away in prison.

DFO: 007 put into a few words why I've switched my position on the death penalty. I'm not against frying a thug like Alofa Time. But it won't happen. Give 'im life without possibility of parole -- and he'll no longer be a menace to society. With luck, he'll find a way to kill himself.

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.