of Making Laws U Not The Duty Of A Judge Last N o v e m b Truckee Highway Patrol Of- ficer Glenn Carlson, in uni I form and on duty, stopped I car in which three men fleeing after a $44,000 bank robbery in Sacramento. One of the bandits, Roger , of I M. Mealman, shot and | the officer in cold i was a brutal, senseless miles ' w h i c h orphaned dren. Mealman admitted court he was the trigger j If ever a crime cried out ' for the imposition of was it. One j would have to strain to mile- a single mitigating ! stance. Yet when Mealman, i an exconvict, appeared it fore Superior Judge Vernon Stoll of Nevada County he was sentenced only to life I imprisonment, denied he is opposed to capital pumsh- as I mem but said the death j ally deters only the i ant. He did not cnoose seize j to deter this as wise I and just as experienced as a j J u d g e Stoll who say i death penalty is a deterrent only to others. That, however, is beside the point. Judge Stoll sits the bench to administer the laws. It is not his duty to judge the law itself. Whether capital punishment punishment is a deterrent has a key consideration in the many attempts in the state legislature to repeal capital punishment and the fact California California lawmakers have refused refused to vote repeal bespeaks the judgment of the legislature legislature in this respect. Any judge who permits his personal feelings regarding regarding capital punishment or any other law to shade his judgment is in effect making law himself and overriding the will of the legislature. After the judge had given him life imprisonment, Mealman Mealman said: "Thank you, your honor." The same spirit of thankfulness thankfulness is not apt to prevail among the law enforcement officers of the state whose duty it is to risk their lives to protect society, as it w i t h Highway Patrolman Glenn Carlson deceased.