Last updated on: 3/1/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Chris Clem, JD Biography

Title:
Former State of Tennessee House Representatives (R-Lookout Mountain)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Executions do not have to cost that much. We could hang them and re-use the rope. No cost! Or we could use firing squads and ask for volunteer firing squad members who would provide their own guns and ammunition. Again, no cost.”

Statement in response to a press release about the cost of capital cases as reported by the Tennessee Coalition to Abolish State Killing, Jan. 31, 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:
  • Attorney, Samples, Jennings, Ray & Clem, PLLC, 1991-present
  • State of Tennessee House Representatives (R-Lookout Mountain), 2000-2006
  • Member, Chattanooga and Tennessee Bar Associations
  • Member, Christian Legal Society
  • Member, State Bar of Georgia
Education:
  • CPA, Certified Public Accountant, Tennessee, 1993
  • JD, College of Law, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1992
  • BA, Accounting, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1990
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?
  2. Does the Death Penalty Cost Less Than Life in Prison without Parole?