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INTERNET OPINIONS SOUGHT ON PAROLE OF CHILD-KILLER

State Attorney General Dennis Vacco is employing the Internet in his bid to keep convicted child-killer Joel Steinberg in prison.

Vacco announced today he is inviting comments on Steinberg's request for early parole on his office's Internet Web page.

Steinberg, a former lawyer, was convicted in the Nov. 5, 1987, beating death of his 6-year-old illegally adopted daughter, Lisa.

In a letter to Parole Chairman Brion Travis, Vacco called Steinberg a "despicable monster" who "has not yet paid his debt to society."

Steinberg, serving up to 25 years in prison, was first eligible for parole in 1995 but was turned down when the Parole Board found that he had continued to deny responsibility for Lisa's death.

The Web site, which features a photograph of Lisa, is topped by the headline "Joel Steinberg: Up for Parole. What's your opinion?"

The Web site address is http://www.oag.state.ny.us.

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