Yesterday’s The Halli Casser-Jayne Show explored California’s Proposition 34, an Initiative to end The Death Penalty in favor of life in prison without the possibility of parole, was as much a learning curve for me, as I suspect it was for you and will be for those who haven’t yet listened to the broadcast. One of my guests, Gil Garcetti, is one of my favorite people. The former Los Angeles District Attorney who prosecuted the likes of O.J. Simpson and the Menendez Brothers is out there fighting to get Prop 34 passed. Gil has an amazing mind, and heart. He is not afraid to speak out for what he believes in. I think you’ll find his argument against the death penalty interesting. My guest, Jeanne Woodford floored me. Jeanne has had a storied career in the California Penal System where she was warden at San Quentin and then director of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Jeanne oversaw four executions when she was Warden of San Quentin. After all she’s seen and all she’s done in service to the people of her state, Jeanne still has heart. She has some extraordinary things to say on the subject of the death penalty. My next guest was Judy Kerr who lost her brother to a brutal murder. The perpetrator has never been found (I wonder how many others he/she killed). Judy has a lot to say on the death penalty, but her main gift to the audience is her example of someone who turned a negative into a positive. Former detective Marty Foley is one of the good cops. His book, A Murder in Wellesley is a true crime drama. It is a riveting read not just for its details in the apprehension of a murder subject but because Marty was the lead investigator on the case, his is an inside view. You’ll be interested to hear his views on the death penalty.
I went into this show with my own point of view on the death penalty, but I came out of it continuing to believe as I do, but for an entirely different set of reasons. Each of my guests in their own ways made their case for their beliefs, but beyond their argument for or against the death penalty, they each made the case that as citizens we need to serve the living and the victims of brutal crimes beyond revenge by giving back to the community and the victims so that we stop the evil doers and we turn those who might become a menace to society into something better.
This show was really about the power of positive creation. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you listen.
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