Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 29, 1993 · Page 4
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Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California · Page 4

Ukiah, California
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Tuesday, June 29, 1993
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4 —TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 1993 -THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL- Convictions may stand despite coerced confessions SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The state Supreme Court, in a dramatic departure from three decades of previous decisions, said some criminal convictions may stand even though police coerced the suspect into making a confession. Earlier rulings held that a conviction must be overturned automatically if a coerced confession was used as evidence. But the court, in a 5-2 ruling on Monday, said that the state, instead of using the automatic- reversal rule, should consider on a case-by-case basis if there is enough evidence aside from the coerced confession to justify the conviction. The decision, in a Sacramento County murder case, was consistent with a controversial 1991 U.S. Supreme Court decision holding that coerced or involuntary confessions sometimes may be used at criminal trials. Justice Ronald George, writing for the majority in the California case, said that public confidence in the justice system could be eroded by an "over- broad" rule automatically reversing a conviction. But Justice Stanley Mosk, in a sharply-worded dissent, blasted his colleagues for overturning the automatic-reversal rule. "A fundamental principle of justice has become a casualty of the synthetic war on crime," he said. The ruling came in the case of Mark Steven Cahill, who was convicted of the 1986 beating death of Ellis Chung, a Carmichael doctor. He also was found guilty of burglary, robbery and rape. A state Court of Appeal reversed the murder-related convictions, saying that Cahill's confession was involuntary and should not have been allowed as evidence at his trial. A police officer who questioned Cahill made misleading JUK! inaccurate statements about the law and that Cahill had confessed only after the officer promised him a lenient sentence, the appeals court said. But the state high court reversed the Court of Appeal, saying that the coerced confession did not automatically require a reversal of the conviction. George wrote that the U.S. Supreme Court's 1991 decision required the state's high court to take another look at its own rule based on state law. Murderer helps set his execution date OAKLAND (AP) — David Edwin Mason has tried to call the shots throughout his 13-year trip through the legal system, even so far as helping to choose the date of his own death. A judge on Monday set an Aug. 24 execution date for the convicted murderer, whose request to die could make him the second inmate put to death in California since the state resumed executions. Robert Alton Harris preceded him in April 1992. Mason, 36, is the first condemned inmate in California history to hasten his own execution by voluntarily waiving further appeals. An estimated 21 others have voluntarily elected execution in other states. "That's what David has always wanted is to make his own decisions, based on his own set of rules," Mason's attorney, Michael Brady of Sacramento, said after a five-minute hearing in which Alameda County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Taber set the date. Mason was sentenced to death in 1984 for strangling four elderly Oakland residents during a 1980 burglary spree, then two years later choking to death a fellow inmate who he suspected was a police informant. In testimony, relatives said Mason suffered a harsh upbringing full of violent and humiliating punishments by his staunchly religious parents. Court records said he was sexually abused by a neighbor and a Sunday school teacher. In one of the more shocking examples described by his sister Joy Louise Mason, his mother dressed him in a diaper when he was 11 years old and forced him to sit in a red wagon in the front yard while neighborhood children taunted him. Mason has not decided whether he wants the gas chamber or lethal injection, but he is sure of his decision to die, Brady said. "He no longer wants to manipulate the system as he has done for many years," Brady said, "He now knows he has to pay the ultimate price." In fact, Mason fired a previous attorney who tried to fight the death sentence. Mason also helped choose the date so one of his sisters could be there with him, Brady said. His wife of nine years, Charlene Mason, plans to stay with her husband until the end. She tried to talk him out of the decision but failed, she said. "I love my husband and I'll stand by him." she said. "But it hurts a lot when it's somebody you love. " IOTTO Decco NevfGarnes Dew Scratchers Lottery MLUE KING SUPCRMARKCTS . TXim labels REAT VALUES LOCALLY OWNED Summer Picnicking! COUNTRY PRIDE CHICKEN THIGHS & DRUMSTICKS * LB .•.v.w.v.v.v. QUALITY MEATS * CUT TO ORDER * U.S.D.A. FOSTER FARMS CHICKEN FRANKS' -,->v. 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