New York Post
September 18, 2004

Post Opinion/Letters


JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS' FAMILIES

This week, Marlon Legere was charged with the cold-blooded killing of two of New York City's Finest: Detectives Robert Parker and Patrick Rafferty ("Justice Denied for Murdered Cops," Editorial, Sept. 14).

Tragically, prosecutors cannot seek the death penalty against this career criminal-turned-cop-killer because of a recent court decision that struck the death penalty down on a procedural issue.

Gov. Pataki, who earned credit for the reinstatement of the state's death penalty in 1995, has proposed a revised bill that satisfies the court's objections.

With the support of Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno, the state Senate immediately passed this bill.

Incredibly, the Assembly failed to even bring the measure to a vote.

By dragging its feet on this important reform legislation, the Assembly has taken an important tool and deterrent — the threat of execution for heinous crimes — from the hands of law enforcement and prosecutors.

The families of Detectives Parker and Rafferty deserve an opportunity for justice.

And there is still hope for them. Pataki's reform bill would be applied retroactively, so that victims' families, including those lost in the Wendy's massacre, could still see justice done.

Patrick J. Lynch
President, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
Manhattan