Los Angeles Times columnist and radio personality, Patt Morrison, interviewed Donald Heller, author of California's current death penalty statute, on July 16th about why he no longer supports capital punishment. In the interview Heller cites "the enormous toll it [takes] on people involved" including defense lawyers, judges and other players in the system, the high cost and the risk of executing the innocent.
Heller, a former prosecutor, only became vocal about his opposition to the death penalty after the execution of Thomas Thompson in 1998, a man Heller believes was innocent.
He admits, "The way I look at it, what I created can and may already have resulted
in the death of an innocent person. And that's pretty heavy."
"The thing I regret most that I cannot change -- except by what I do now -- was drafting the death penalty initiative," Heller laments.
Read the full interview with Donald Heller.
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