Letters, Mar. 14, 1960

Prolonged Agony?

SIR:

REPUBLICAN CHRISTIAN HERTER AND DEMOCRAT "PAT" BROWN HAVE COLLABORATED IN THE CHESSMAN CASE [Feb. 29] IN THE WORST NATIONAL DISGRACE SINCE TRUMAN FIRED MACARTHUR, THIS BEING THE OPINION OF A LIFELONG FOE OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT.

AS FOR THE "HUMANITARIAN" CLAIMS THAT THE LONG DELAYS AND EXCRUCIATING NATIONAL PUBLICITY HAVE CAUSED SUCH SUFFERING AS TO EXPIATE ANY CRIMES, NO MATTER HOW HEINOUS, ISN'T THIS EXACTLY COMPARABLE TO THE YOUNG MAN WHO KILLED HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND ASKED THE JUDGE FOR MERCY ON THE GROUNDS THAT HE WAS AN ORPHAN?

J. G....

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