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La Jolla's favorite former superlawyer Bill Lerach, who did a stretch in a Federal penitentiary after pleading guilty in a kickback case, is throwing a star-studded party to raise money for the so-called SAFE California Act, a measure on November's ballot that would eliminate the state's death penalty.

"SAFECalifornia is a ballot initiative that will replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole, saving our state billions of dollars and making our communities safer and stronger," says an invitation to the July 28 event, which promoters are touting as "a Very Special Summer Evening on the Pacific."

"Special Guests" for the fundraiser include actors Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares.

"Best known for his role on MASH, Mr. Farrell has served as President of Death Penalty Focus for over 10 years. He is a long time human rights activist, along with his wife and actress, Shelley Fabares," the invite says.

Also on the bill: James Oliver Cromwell, an "Oscar nominee and longtime progressive advocate...best known for his roles in L.A. Confidential, Star Trek, and The Green Mile. Most recently, he has starred in Six Feet Under and the critically-acclaimed 2011 movie, The Artist."

Others set to attend are Jeanne Woodford, a former San Quentin warden who "oversaw four executions" and Franky Carrillo, who, the invitation says, was wrongly convicted of murder at 16 and did almost twenty years in prison before being exonerated last year.

Admission costs $250 per person, $450 per couple.

"If you would prefer to particpate in a more intimate discussion," the invite adds, "please ask about the very special dinner opportunity on Friday, July 27th."

Those who come up with the bucks will be able to consume "Cocktails and hors d'eouvres" and admire the "Stunning Gardens and Renowned Art Collection" of Lerach and his wife, lawyer Michelle Ciccarelli.

Since his release from prison two years ago, Lerach has frequently hosted political fundraisers at his La Jolla Farms mansion, most recently a $500 a head "V.I.P. Reception" and an "Art and Garden" tour of the estate in May for Democratic congressman Bob Filner, who is running for mayor against GOP city councilman Carl DeMaio.

Another wealthy La Jollan against capital punishment is Qualcomm billionaire Irwin Jacobs, who gave $10,000 to the SAFE measure's campaign in April.

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SurfPuppy619 June 28, 2012 @ 1:52 p.m.

Hope it passes. The death penalty costs 2-3 times what life w/o parole costs, is never applied equally or consistently and those are the only reasons want it abolished.


SurfPuppy619 June 28, 2012 @ 1:53 p.m.

"Special Guests" for the fundraiser include actors Mike Farrell and Shelley Fabares.

What I would give ot meet Shelley Fabares of Elvis movie fame (and sitcom "Coach").


Visduh June 28, 2012 @ 5:31 p.m.

She was daughter on the "Donna Reed Show" in the 60's. What a honey! Many of us in my age group would do just about anything to go back to those days and hook up with a GF who looked like her. Sigh.


tomjohnston June 29, 2012 @ 9:29 a.m.

Around the same time as the Elvis films, she made a surf film, "Ride The Wild Surf" which usually shows up on TCM a couple of times during the summer. It is a pretty good little flick, not nearly as campy as the Gidget or Annette/Frankie movies. She also was in a movie with Peter Noone and Herman's Hermits during that time called Hold On. I don't remember seeing it in the theatre, but shown at my HS during a summer rec program, probably '67 or '68. I only remember seeing it on tv a few times over the years. Basically a knockoff of "A Hard Day's Night" allowing HH to play a bunch of songs. HH websit used to have a few pics from the movie and Shelley was absolutely sweet.


SurfPuppy619 June 28, 2012 @ 1:55 p.m.

Also on the bill: James Oliver Cromwell, an "Oscar nominee and longtime progressive advocate...best known for his roles in L.A. Confidential, Star Trek, and The Green Mile.

Sorry, Cromwell's most famous roles was the star of "Babe", about a talking pig who could round up sheep.


Burwell June 28, 2012 @ 11:18 p.m.

Lerach and Jacobs are probably still sore about the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for selling A bomb secrets to Uncle Joe Stalin.


dudleysharp June 29, 2012 @ 7:49 a.m.

The Death Penalty: Justice & Saving More Innocents Dudley Sharp

The death penalty has a foundation in justice and it spares more innocent lives.

Anti death penalty arguments are either false or the pro death penalty arguments are stronger.

The majority populations of all countries may support the death penalty for some crimes (1).

Why? Justice.


Of all endeavors that put innocents at risk, is there one with a better record of sparing innocent lives than the US death penalty? Unlikely.

1) The Death Penalty: Saving More Innocent Lives http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/03/death-penalty-saving-more-innocent.html

2) Innocents More At Risk Without Death Penalty http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/03/innocents-more-at-risk-without-death.html


1) Saint (& Pope) Pius V: "The just use of (executions), far from involving the crime of murder, is an act of paramount obedience to this (Fifth) Commandment which prohibits murder." "The Roman Catechism of the Council of Trent" (1566).

2) Pope Pius XII; "When it is a question of the execution of a man condemned to death it is then reserved to the public power to deprive the condemned of the benefit of life, in expiation of his fault, when already, by his fault, he has dispossessed himself of the right to live." 9/14/52.

3) John Murray: "Nothing shows the moral bankruptcy of a people or of a generation more than disregard for the sanctity of human life."

"... it is this same atrophy of moral fiber that appears in the plea for the abolition of the death penalty."

"It is the sanctity of life that validates the death penalty for the crime of murder. It is the sense of this sanctity that constrains the demand for the infliction of this penalty. The deeper our regard for life the firmer will be our hold upon the penal sanction which the violation of that sanctity merit." (Page 122 of Principles of Conduct).

4) Immanuel Kant: "If an offender has committed murder, he must die. In this case, no possible substitute can satisfy justice. For there is no parallel between death and even the most miserable life, so that there is no equality of crime and retribution unless the perpetrator is judicially put to death.".

"A society that is not willing to demand a life of somebody who has taken somebody else's life is simply immoral."



dudleysharp June 29, 2012 @ 7:49 a.m.


5) Billy Graham: "God will not tolerate sin. He condemns it and demands payment for it. God could not remain a righteous God and compromise with sin. His holiness and His justice demand the death penalty." ( "The Power of the Cross," published in the Apr. 2007 issue of Decision magazine ).

6) Theodore Roosevelt: "It was really heartrending to have to see the kinfolk and friends of murderers who were condemned to death, and among the very rare occasions when anything governmental or official caused me to lose sleep were times when I had to listen to some poor mother making a plea for a criminal so wicked, so utterly brutal and depraved, that it would have been a crime on my part to remit his punishment.".

7) Jean-Jacques Rousseau: "Again, every rogue who criminously attacks social rights becomes, by his wrong, a rebel and a traitor to his fatherland. By contravening its laws, he ceases to be one of its citizens: he even wages war against it. In such circumstances, the State and he cannot both be saved: one or the other must perish. In killing the criminal, we destroy not so much a citizen as an enemy. The trial and judgments are proofs that he has broken the Social Contract, and so is no longer a member of the State." (The Social Contract).

8) John Locke: "A criminal who, having renounced reason... hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or tyger, one of those wild savage beasts with whom men can have no society nor security." And upon this is grounded the great law of Nature, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed." Second Treatise of Civil Government.


"Moral/ethical Death Penalty Support: Christian and secular Scholars" http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2009/07/death-penalty-support-modern-catholic.html

"The Death Penalty: Neither Hatred nor Revenge" http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/07/20/the-death-penalty-neither-hatred-nor-revenge.aspx

"The Death Penalty: Not a Human Rights Violation" http://homicidesurvivors.com/2006/03/20/the-death-penalty-not-a-human-rights-violation.aspx

"Killing Equals Killing: The Amoral Confusion of Death Penalty Opponents" http://homicidesurvivors.com/2009/02/01/murder-and-execution--very-distinct-moral-differences--new-mexico.aspx


1) US Death Penalty Support at 80%; World Support Remains High http://prodpinnc.blogspot.com/2012/04/us-death-penalty-support-at-80-world.html

Much more, upon request. [email protected]


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