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Reader Opinion: Rodriguez

Today's Dispatch, (Oct. 12) had an article on the high cost of defending Alfonso Rodriguez, the convicted killer of Dru Sjodin, who is now sitting on death row in Indiana. Reading about the money that has been spent to defend this man was bad eno...

Today's Dispatch, (Oct. 12) had an article on the high cost of defending Alfonso Rodriguez, the convicted killer of Dru Sjodin, who is now sitting on death row in Indiana. Reading about the money that has been spent to defend this man was bad enough but what caught my eye was the comment by the U.S attorney for the state of North Dakota, defending the cost by saying, "It's not about the billable hours, it's about justice."

Justice for who? How about some justice for the family of Dru, the real victims in this case or don't they count?

I have never been an advocate for the death penalty and for two reasons. First of all because killing him only brings us down to his level but most of all because of the costs of prosecuting and I guess defending, too - because he doesn't have any money - are borne by the taxpayers that support this broken legal system.

Mike Holst

Crosslake

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