February 14, 2013
I find it very difficult to compare children losing their playmates to parents being bound, gagged and stabbed to death by a neighbor ("A sister arrives at a different view," Feb. 10). Whether John Booth-El wielded the knife or not, he still participated in a vicious attack that resulted in the deaths of two people he knew, and he is therefore just as guilty of their murder. Peggy Alley, Baltimore Text NEWS to 70701 to get Baltimore Sun local news text alerts
March 30, 2012
Susan Reimer seems extremely misguided; her sympathy for Sgt. Robert Bales, who massacred men, women and children, is an enigma to me ("War makes you crazy, both there and here," March 26). But since these are her feelings, why is she ashamed to admit them? Geraldine Segal, Randallstown
April 5, 2011
As a retiree from Bethlehem Steel who lost two thirds of his pension and has no health care, I can't feel sorry for these government union workers ("Lawmakers reach deal on pensions, retiree health care," April 5) as tens of thousands of workers lost their benefits. I don't think that these people understand that all the things they receive are only good for the life of the contract. When there is no money, then all benefits stop, and their complaints about promises made — these can't be met. Beth Steel made promises to their employees also.
February 14, 2011
The article "A slow death" (Feb. 13) explains that executions in Maryland are on hold again because a lethal injection drug is no longer being manufactured. I have a solution to this "problem. " While our "justice system" seems to protect the criminal and not the victim and their family, a reasonable and common sense end of life for the criminal would be to let them die in the same way they killed their victims. This way could bring some closure for the victims' family, and the taxpayers of Maryland would not have to spend money keeping the ruthless criminals alive.
July 16, 2012
The community wishes to extend its sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of William "Bill" Walker, who recently passed away. Bill will surely be missed by all and always be remembered by his flamboyant style and driving his white 1952 MGTD. Sincerest sympathies to the family and friends of Mattie Waddell, who passed away recently, from her friends at Dublin. Mattie was quite a lady and will surely be missed by all who new her. The Horton/Burchette Reunion was held at the home of Lisa and David Lane this Saturday with family from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Delaware, Virginia, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina and Maryland.
October 27, 1993
THERE is no double standard of justice in America.If it proved nothing else last week, the much-criticized jury in the Reginald Denny beating case proved that.The two black men who were videotaped beating innocent whites at the corner of Florence and Normandie in Los Angeles got the same sort of leniency that allowed the white police officers videotaped beating Rodney King to win acquittals in their first trial and reduced sentences in their second.Don't blame us, said the police -- it's a jungle out there, and we're just trying to protect you. Don't blame us, said the Denny defendants -- we were angry; we were just part of a mob.The sympathy defense is the hot growth stock in American criminal law.Don't blame us, we were abused, say Lyle and Erik Menendez, the Beverly Hills brothers who confessed to murdering their parents.