Last updated on: 11/10/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Alex Kozinski, JD Biography

Title:
Circuit Judge in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Immanuel Kant said it best. He said a society that is not willing to demand a life of somebody who has taken somebody else’s life is simply immoral. So the question really… when the system works and when you manage to identify somebody who has done such heinous evil, do we as a society have a right to take his life? I think the answer’s plainly yes. And I would go with Kant and I would say it is immoral for us not to.”

“Interview,” Hoover Institution, Nov. 7, 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with MDs, JDs, PhDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to death penalty issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to death penalty issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Circuit Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 1985-present
  • Chief Judge, US Court of Federal Claims, 1982-1985
  • Assistant Counsel, Office of Counsel to the President, 1981
  • Law Clerk, Chief Justice Warren Burger, US Supreme Court, 1976-1977
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Anthony Kennedy, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1975-1976
Education:
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1975
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1972
Other:
  • Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, confirmed by Senate, 1985
  • Born in Bucharest, Romania, 1950
Quoted in:
  1. Is the Death Penalty Immoral?
  2. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?