Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"While there are many people like my own state's Senator Gordon Smith, whose goal is to make our system more efficient, there are also those whose real intent is simply to abolish the death penalty...The American people have consistently supported the death penalty as a concept...
We can and must use technology [DNA evidence] to accomplish what Senator Smith has called 'making a good system near perfect.'"
"Testimony of Joshua K. Marquis, District Attorney Astoria (Clatsop County), Oregon Before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate," June 13, 2000
Experts Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, other relevant advanced degrees, corrections and government officials with significant involvement in, or related to, death penalty issues. [Note: Experts definition varies by site.]
Involvement and Affiliations:
District Attorney, Clatsop County (Astoria) Oregon, 1994-present
Member, Board of Directors, National District Attorneys Association, 1997-present
Member, Board of Directors, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Member, Board of Directors, University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association
Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1996
Co-founder, Media Relations Committee
Former Chief Deputy District Attorney, Deschutes County Oregon
Former Deputy District Attorney, Lincoln County Oregon
Former President, Oregon District Attorney's Association
Former speechwriter, California Attorney General John Van de Kamp
Prosecutor, Lane County District Attorney's Office