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Bill O. Hing, JD Biography

Professor of Law at University of California Davis School of Law
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“We support the recommendations of the Commission if Californians elect to continue the death penalty. However, we write separately because, after carefully considering all the information and evidence put before the Commission, we believe that the death penalty should be repealed. The death penalty is too costly, the possibility is high that a person who has been wrongfully convicted will be put to death, capital punishment inordinately affects communities of color, the imposition of the death penalty varies greatly from county to county, a low income defendant faces a troubling disadvantage when charged with a capital offense, the death penalty forecloses any possibility of healing and redemption, the death qualification juror requirement inherently and unjustly biases the process against the defendant, and California should follow the lead of other civilized societies who have concluded that the death penalty be abolished.”

“Report and Recommendations on the Administration on the Administration of the Death Penalty in California – Supplemental Statement on Repealing the Death Penalty,” California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, June 30, 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law
  • Appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to the Citizens Advisory Panel of the Department of Justice
  • Member, Committee on Immigrant Children and Family Health of the National Research Council
  • Member, California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
  • Member, Board of Directors, Rosenberg Foundation
  • Member, Board of Directors, Asian Law Caucus
  • Member, Migration Policy Institute
  • Member, National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center
  • Founder, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 1980
  • JD, University of San Francisco, 1974
  • AB, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1971
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