The Washington Post

Delaying the inevitable


Ruth Marcus’s Feb. 26 op-ed “The justices halt an execution — and reveal themselves in the process” revealed a lot about her, too. Ms. Marcus applauded the high court’s slim majority for granting Mr. Cruz a new sentencing hearing even though his guilt is a well-establishe­d fact.

She mentioned in passing the murder of a nameless Tucson police officer that led to Mr. Cruz being sentenced to death two years later. That officer was Patrick Hardesty, a Marine Corps veteran with a wife and three children. He was shot by Mr. Cruz four times at point-blank range after Mr. Cruz fled a hit-and-run accident.

Ms. Marcus didn’t want to get into specifics about the case, but readers of The Post might appreciate more informatio­n than Ms. Marcus provided.

Scott Wallace, Leesburg

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