AG candidate: death penalty for corrupt lawmakers

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Updated: 4/04 8:47 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Republican candidate for California attorney general says state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty.

Phil Wyman, who spent 17 years in the state Legislature, said Friday he was motivated by the case of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee. Yee faces federal charges that include an attempt to coordinate an international gun-running scheme from the Philippines.

Wyman says the worst abusers of a public office, if convicted, should be able to choose their method of death — public hanging, firing squad or lethal injection — as a deterrent to others.

He also criticizes Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris for being silent on the corruption cases that have marred the state Senate this year. Harris declined comment on his proposals.

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