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WHAT ABOUT COP’S CAREER IN LYING CASE? So Darren Chaker appealed his conviction for lying about a police officer because (according to his attorney) “he’s a fellow who, when he sees a wrong done, he wants to pursue it” [" Ninth Circuit: Lies Go Both Ways," Nov. 4]. To Chaker and his counsel the law is flawed because it doesn’t similarly punish those who falsely praise the police. I guess this charming fellow’s sense of moral indignation against injustice doesn’t extend to the poor cop who might have lost his job when Chaker falsely and maliciously accused him of serious misconduct. Charles S. Bishop San Francisco VOTING AN INALIENABLE RIGHT, EVEN FOR CONVICTED FELONS While our nation first took shape with denial of the franchise to any number of individuals it seems to me there can be no more inalienable right than that of the franchise [" Court Ends Oversight of S.F. Schools," Nov. 9]. Leaving aside the question of denying the franchise during imprisonment from conviction of a felony, once an individual is among us again, endeavoring to be part of society, that person has as much interest in the candidates for district attorney, school board or president of the United States as the rest of us. Frankly, we should be on guard against any effort to deny any of us the franchise as this is the most dangerous slippery slope for us to be on. The denial could as easily be extended to misdemeanors, or missed property taxes, as we see constant efforts to expand felonious acts in the name of being firm on crime. To the extent this is possible under current law I would think it would be good practice of the criminal defense bar to ensure preservation of the franchise in plea bargains or that district attorneys should take as their starting point that the franchise should be preserved. Tahir J. Naim Sunnyvale You can send Letters to the Editor to The Recorder, 10 United Nations Plaza, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; by fax at (415) 749-5549; or at [email protected].

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