JUSTICE: The Quality of Mercy

Toward midnight the lights still burned in California's state capitol in Sacramento. Cecil Poole, clemency secretary to Governor Edmund Brown, rummaged through the bales of telegrams that flooded the executive offices. MY DAUGHTERS WILL NOT BE SAFE UNTIL HE IS DEAD, read one. DON'T BE SWAYED BY ALL THE BLEEDING HEARTS, declared another. Then Poole picked up another telegram, read it and reached for the phone. A few minutes later, he carried the wire into the executive mansion and showed it to Governor "Pat" Brown. It was signed by Roy Rubottom Jr.,...

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