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A stern taskmaster with little sympathy for equivocators and backsliders, 69-year-old Sister Helen comes off as a benign tyrant in her operation of Travis Center, a neighborhood halfway house.
It was incredible to see anti-death penalty commentators apologizing constantly, always having to blither "of course no one condones his actions"--as though arguing for life imprisonment made one the squishiest, most bleeding-heart of moral equivocators. As a New York Times commentary observed, "Experts said it was the wrong case to debate--many people who do not approve of the death penalty wanted Mr.
This accidental betrayal not only contrasts with the willfully treasonous betrayal that Kingsley associates with Catholic equivocators, but also results in a specific kind of legal mistake, namely a mistake of jurisdiction.