Activist Mike Farrell criticized “state-sponsored killing” under Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in an address at Pitzer College Wednesday night. Calling the governor “a coward” for “refusing to stand on principle”, the former star of the television series M*A*S*H spoke to an audience of roughly 200 students and community members on behalf of the newly formed Inland Valley Death Penalty Focus.
Mr. Farrell said that the justice system is inherently flawed and occasionally condemns innocent people. “Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1979, 130 death row inmates have been exonerated,” he said. “Of course, we don’t know how many innocent people have been killed in the history of the US under this system.”