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Alex Kozinski, JD Biography

Circuit Judge in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“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

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
  • JD, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1975
  • BA, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1972
  • Nominated by President Ronald Reagan, confirmed by Senate, 1985
  • Born in Bucharest, Romania, 1950