Opponents of a controversial death penalty moratorium are speaking out in advance of the hearing – Republican Assemblyman Todd Spitzer addressed the bill’s author – Democratic Assemblyman Paul Koretz, during a press conference:
“All it is Mr. Koretz and all those who may support your bill, is a be kind to killers act.”
Spitzer says there’s already a de-facto moratorium – saying the justice system in California moves “slower than a glacier.”
The Fair Administration of Justice is studying the system, and Koretz says it makes sense to halt executions until that work is finished:
“It absolutely is not an attempt to get around the death penalty. I am not a 100% opponent to the death penalty – my main objection is that I believe innocent people wind up on death row and sometimes are executed.”
The commission is expected to release its findings no later than December of 2007.