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  • Patt Morrison Asks: Donald Heller, death-penalty advocate no more

    Patt Morrison Asks: Donald Heller, death-penalty advocate no more
    'Remanded" -- taken into custody. In his career as a New York prosecutor and a federal prosecutor in California, Donald Heller has asked the court to remand guilty defendants countless times. He helped put away Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford, and a big-time heroin dealer, a man Heller believed destroyed many lives. At the dealer's sentencing hearing, the prosecutor remarked that were the death penalty an option, he would volunteer to "throw the switch." After that, a law clerk called him "Mad Dog," and the nickname stuck. Heller left the U.S. attorney's office in 1977 -- the "remanded'' sign was a farewell gift -- but he didn't give up his law-and-order cred. He's the author of the Briggs initiative, a 1978 ballot measure (named for its sponsor, state Sen. John Briggs) that broadly expanded the kinds of murders eligible for capital punishment. It helped make California's the most populous and expensive death row in the nation. But for more than a decade, Heller has been saying it's time to stop. Now a defense attorney with a mostly white-collar clientele, he testified recently at the state Capitol about the need to undo his legal handiwork, which has changed so many lives -- and ended some.
  • New Year's resolutions for Sacramento politicos

    New Year's resolutions for Sacramento politicos
    SACRAMENTO — From my skimpy research on New Year's resolutions, I've learned that 40% of us make them, and about 90% end in failure. A dismal record of weak will. Yet, New Year's resolutions should be encouraged because they're vital to self-...

    Tucson shootings: Mental illness, not rhetoric, at root of more political assassinations historically

    Gabrielle Giffords, a Democratic representative, is among the wounded in the Tucson shootings.

    Will the real Charles Manson stand up? A new book retraces his steps.

    Will the real Charles Manson stand up? A new book retraces his steps.
    Early in Jeff Guinn's "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson," the first full biography of the infamous mass killer, there's a moment of unexpected and discomforting empathy. It's 1939, and Manson — 5 years old, living with relatives in...

    PM&L's 'Assassins' delivers killer laughs

     PM&L's 'Assassins' delivers killer laughs
    With the blast of her replica Colt .45, Rebecca Zellar will hit the bulls-eye between comedy, killers and culture. She'll play a historic almost-murderer in "Assassins," a play about historic "wackos" that promises to be explosive, literally. "History...