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Edward Koch, LLB Biography

Title:
Former Mayor of New York City
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Death penalty opponents state it is inherently unfair and racially biased. The facts, I believe, are otherwise…

The racial breakdown for those sentenced to death since 1977 is as follows: 48.6 percent white; 40.9 percent black; 8.9 percent Hispanic; and 1.6 percent other. The race of defendants executed in the U.S. since 1976 is 56 percent white; 35 percent black; 7 percent Hispanic; 2 percent other.

The reason for the discrepancy in the execution rate between blacks and whites is that juries deciding whether to impose the death penalty have concluded in more cases involving black defendants that there were extenuating circumstances militating in favor of a lesser penalty…

The American public still supports the death penalty, notwithstanding the hammering capital punishment receives each year… I’m glad the American public does.”

“Statistics Show Death Penalty Not Racist,” newsmax.com, Sep. 27, 2011

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:
  • Partner Attorney, Robinson, Silverman, Pearce, Aronsohn & Berman LLP, 1990-2012
  • Web Show Host, The Mayor at the Movies, 2009-2011
  • Adjunct Professor, New York University, 1999
  • Visiting Professor, Brandeis University, 1999
  • Television Show Judge, The People’s Court, 1997-1999
  • Mayor, New York City, 1978-1989
  • Member, United States House of Representatives, 18th District New York, 1973-1977
  • Member, United States House of Representatives, 17th District New York, 1969-1973
  • Partner Attorney, Koch, Lankenau, Schwartz & Kovner, 1965-1968
  • Sole Practitioner Attorney, 1949-1964
  • Sergeant, United States Army, 1943-1946
Education:
  • LLB, New York University, 1948
  • BA, City College Of New York, 1945
  • Graduated from South Side High School, 1941
Other:
  • Appeared in over 60 films and television shows
  • Died on Feb. 1, 2013
Quoted in:
  1. Does a Person's Race Affect the Likelihood of Receiving the Death Penalty?