On the Filter we discussed:
1. The death penalty for serial killer Rodney Alcala.
He killed 4 women and a 12-year-old ballet student—that we know of. Rodney Alcala makes great case for capital punishment—if there was a great case to be made. But there isn’t. It is not a deterrent. (The states that have the death penalty have higher murder rates than those without it.) Death row is hideously expensive because of the appeals process. AND we need that appeals process or we risk executing the innocent. Since 1973, 133 people in 26 states have been released from death row with proof or their factual innocence. Only 17 of those were DNA cases.
2. The RNC racy nightclub charges and whether Michael Steel will lose his job. (Answer to that last: Unlikely, not before November, anyway.)
3. The silly accusation that former Daily News editor, Ron Kaye, made about all LA’s problems being due to Antonio Villaraigosa’s ego.
I like Ron a lot personally, but for those of us in the fact based universe, life’s a little more complicated.
4. A rundown on the most idiotic new initiative that has just qualified for the November Ballot.
Here’s part two of the segment.
4. The most irritating voter initiative to thus far qualify for the ballot.