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A friend of mine is currently on vacation, all expenses paid by you and I (the State of California). During his sojourn in San Diego County's facility, Donovan, a fellow vacationer who has a life pass to our state institutions took his own life and was resuscitated. Our question is, if you have a life sentence and you die (even by our own hand) and are brought back to life, is your life sentence over? Well, huh?

-- The Missing Link, Alpine

Let's put this one to the ultimate test. Once they brought the unfortunate gentleman around again, did they pack up his belongings, open the gate, and wave bye-bye as he walked out onto Otay Mesa a free man with a brand new life? Don't tell me. Let me guess.... By law in most states, even if he had been Mr. Death Row and had tried the same thing the night before his execution, they would have been obligated to revive him, postpone his ultimate appointment, and hospitalize him until he was healthy enough to execute. It has happened more than once.

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