EXTRADITION STIRS UP CONTROVERSY.Byline: Lisa Friedman Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The family of slain Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. sheriff's Deputy David March David March (born 25 July 1979) is a professional rugby league player for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. He plays at hooker.
He has a twin brother called Paul March who also plays for the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. finds both solace and sadness in the arrest in Mexico of a man suspected of killing a Denver police officer.
But the decision of the Denver district attorney to not seek the death penalty or life imprisonment Imprisonment
See also Isolation.
former federal maximum security penitentiary, near San Francisco; “escapeproof.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 218]
German prison ship in World War II. [Br. Hist. in exchange for getting the suspected killer back to the U.S. also has exacerbated rifts within the March family and added to recriminations about the case.
In Washington, both the Los Angeles and Denver cases are serving as a call to arms ! a summons to war or battle.
See also: Arms among members of Congress bent on Adj. 1. bent on - fixed in your purpose; "bent on going to the theater"; "dead set against intervening"; "out to win every event"
bent, dead set, out to pressuring the administration to renegotiate its extradition treaty with Mexico.
Under that pact, the Mexican government refuses to extradite ex·tra·dite
v. ex·tra·dit·ed, ex·tra·dit·ing, ex·tra·dites
1. To give up or deliver (a fugitive, for example) to the legal jurisdiction of another government or authority.
2. criminal suspects who may face the death penalty or life in prison, both of which the Mexican Supreme Court has ruled to be cruel and unusual punishment Such punishment as would amount to torture or barbarity, any cruel and degrading punishment not known to the Common Law, or any fine, penalty, confinement, or treatment that is so disproportionate to the offense as to shock the moral sense of the community. .
``We have to go back and renegotiate the treaty. And we will not make substantial headway until the secretary of state and the president make this a priority,'' said Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley Stephen Lawrence ("Steve") Cooley (born May 1, 1947 in Los Angeles, California) is a veteran prosecutor who was elected as Los Angeles County's 36th District Attorney on November 7, 2000. He was sworn in for his second term on December 6, 2004. .
Cooley, unlike the Denver district attorney, said he will not consider forgoing death penalty or life imprisonment charges against Armando Garcia, the man police suspect in March's killing at a traffic stop in Irwindale in 2002. Garcia has since fled to Mexico.
``It's a matter of principle,'' Cooley said. ``It's also a matter of not creating incentives for murderers. We here in Los Angeles County are not going to discount the price for killing'' just because a suspect manages to make it across the border.
``You can't be giving an advantage to a serious criminal. It creates a two-tiered justice system.''
March's father, John, a Santa Clarita Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country, resident, said he knows his son's case is at stake, but so are hundreds of others. Prosecutors estimate nearly 400 people have committed murder or other major offenses in California and fled to Mexico to escape prosecution.
``If we sell out, what chance do they have? We want David's life to have counted. We want a change in the law,'' he said.
But David March's widow, Terri, said she wants to see her husband's killer behind bars.
Terri March said she doesn't mind her late husband serving as a symbol for what many feel is a faulty treaty agreement with Mexico. But she also doesn't want the flesh-and-blood man who lost his life while protecting the public to be forgotten.
David March's killer, she said, ``needs to be taken out of society in his prime years. If he doesn't get a life sentence or the death penalty, that's OK. If he gets paroled when he's 60 or 70, I think he's less dangerous to society and that's how I live with my decision.
``I don't want more lives spared while he's living out there among innocent people.''
Of the family of slain Denver Detective Donald Young Donald Young may refer to:
Young and Detective John Bishop were shot on May 8 while working security at a baptismal party in Denver. Young was killed and Bishop was wounded.
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey decided to accede to accede to
verb 1. agree to, accept, grant, endorse, consent to, give in to, surrender to, yield to, concede to, acquiesce in, assent to, comply with, concur to
2. Mexico's restrictions in requesting the extradition largely because both Young's family and Bishop wanted the gunman prosecuted locally, spokeswoman Lynn Kimbrough said.
``There was an awareness that there were going to be limitations on what we were going to be able to do. But OK,'' Kimbrough said, likening lik·en
tr.v. lik·ened, lik·en·ing, lik·ens
To see, mention, or show as similar; compare.
[Middle English liknen, from like, similar; see like2 it to cases in which the suspect is a juvenile or suffers mental illness and death penalty charges are similarly unavailable. Both Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca Leroy David Baca (b. May 27 1942, East Los Angeles, California) is the Sheriff of Los Angeles County, California.
After graduating from Benjamin Franklin High School (Los Angeles) in 1960, Baca worked his way through East Los Angeles College before starting with the L.A. and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, a former U.S. attorney who has been urging changes to the extradition treaty, praised the Denver decision.
Schiff said he believes Mexico's resistance to life imprisonment charges is largely rhetorical.
``If we can get (March's killer) back and lock him up for 70 years or 60 years, that's the rest of his life,'' he said.
Without criticizing Cooley's handling of the March case, Baca said, ``Each D.A. has its own belief system, which doesn't make one right or the other wrong.
``I'm very impressed with the decision by the Denver district attorney. He understands that justice delayed is justice denied "Justice delayed is justice denied" is a legal cliché meaning that if legal redress is available for a party that has suffered some injury, but is not forthcoming in a timely fashion, it is effectively the same as having no redress at all. .''
Mexico is not alone in refusing to extradite to nations with capital punishment capital punishment, imposition of a penalty of death by the state. History
Capital punishment was widely applied in ancient times; it can be found (c.1750 B.C.) in the Code of Hammurabi. unless it is assured the death penalty will not be imposed. Canada and most European nations also have similar restrictions in their extradition treaties.
Yet with fleeing criminal suspects heading to Mexico more often than anywhere else, that's where the political heat has been. On Thursday the House International Relations Committee unanimously accepted an amendment by Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., urging the Mexican Supreme Court to ``revisit'' its ruling.
The measure also requires the State Department to file annual reports detailing annual extradition requests by the U.S. and Mexico.
Baca said he too is outraged at the notion of Mexico imposing its will on U.S. prosecutors seeking justice for crimes committed against citizens, particularly cops, on American soil.
But, he said, while he advocates changing the treaty, ``if you work to get that done first instead of swifter justice for Deputy David March, you may not get either.''
Cooley maintained that real justice for March will come in changing the laws.
``The solution is simple,'' he said. ``We need a better, improved extradition treaty with Mexico.''
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