I am very confused about the death penalty in this state. Did not the legal system declare that the method used to put criminals to death was cruel and unusual punishment? And aren’t those the same judges who keep granting appeal after appeal after appeal, making it necessary to keep the criminals on death row a lot longer? Now they are telling us that keeping criminals on death row for a long period of time is cruel and unusual punishment (“Federal judge blocks death penalty in state” Page A3, July 17). It seems there is a great lack of common sense in the legal system.
Jim E. Smallwood, Modesto