Paul Comiskey the retired defense attorney and former Jesuit priest authored “A Taxpayers Guide to the California Death Penalty” and has co-published an initial print run of 10,000 copies. Comiskey has been handing the pamphlets out over the summer and encouraging people to read them. Sometimes, he noted, they hand them back. Comiskey is an unabashed death penalty opponent – something he says he has been since he was old enough to formulate an opinion on capital punishment. It’s expensive for taxpayers during a time when government spending is being questioned, it hurts rather than helps the families of victims and it perpetuates prejudices against blacks, he said.