Unfortunately, Mr. Rodricks is advocating releasing murderers and rapists back into society in the same edition of The Sun that contains an article, “Attacker’s early release is questioned,” about the terrorist who was released only to kill two people and wound three others in London.
Most unfairly, Mr. Rodricks gave no hint of why past governors have held to a policy of “life means life.” The public supports the death penalty because they observed the alternative is murderers being paroled after serving part of their sentence, but prefer true life in prison to execution. Governors Parris Glendening and Martin O’Malley adopted life means life to give them political cover for stopping executions.
Mr. Rodricks revealed he is against “politics,” a.k.a. democracy in general, objecting to voting for judges and state’s attorneys. However, if the political machine selected state’s attorneys, William Donald Schaefer would have reappointed Baltimore City State’s Attorney William A. Swisher (“use a gun to defend your store”), instead of “politics” electing Kurt Schmoke to replace him.