EDITORIAL FRANK INJUSTICE.
He is also the best example of why the death penalty appellate process should either be fixed or the joke that is the death penalty be laid to rest.
Frank was convicted and twice sentenced to death for kidnapping 2 1/2- year-old Amy Sue Seitz in 1978 from her baby-sitter's front yard in Camarillo. Her body was found later in Topanga Canyon. She had been force-fed beer, tortured with locking pliers, raped and strangled.
The Seitz family has endured 23 years of injustice while Frank's lawyers made a mockery of the appellate system. In one of his appeals, Frank argued that the length of time he spent on Death Row appealing was itself cruel and unusual punishment.
Frank's dying of natural causes 23 years after being sentenced to death for one of the most evil crimes in Ventura County's history is an outrage.
We either have a death penalty or we don't. Death Row should not be a retirement home for people like Theodore Frank, who commit truly heinous crimes.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Sep 10, 2001|
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