By Ruth Hull
What Really Happened to Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence? Was an Innocent Man Barbequed at Big Bear?
Usually when someone is executed, there is an arrest, an arraignment, a Grand Jury indictment or preliminary hearing information, a second arraignment, jury selection, a trial, a conviction, a sentencing hearing, appeals and a last meal. Law enforcement in California has found a new approach to criminal justice. It is the barbeque-them-in-the-cabin technique.
In California’s new criminal justice program, a lot of money is theoretically saved by not having to worry about investigations paperwork, discovery, hearings, the cost of a jury, judicial salaries, clerks’ salaries, reporters’ salaries, executioners’ salaries and so forth. Given that nobody has been executed in CA in years, the barbeque technique is the most certain and fastest way to the particular goal of terminating a California resident with prejudice – in theory. So now, we can forget about irrelevant details like the Constitutions of the United States and the State of California, the California Penal Code, and the beyond a reasonable doubt standard.
At this point, it probably doesn’t make any sense to ask who really killed Monica Quan and Keith Lawrence. After all, with the execution over and done with, why should anyone care what happened to these individuals? It’s not my problem or yours. The media is busy making money off the uncorroborated and unsupported official story. But if you are crazy like me and still think that that two and a quarter century old document called the Constitution matters, you might be interested in finding out what really happened to these two lovebirds.