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

Eliot Spitzer, JD Biography

Title:
Former Attorney General and Governor of New York
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“Our federal and state constitutions are replete with rights we afford the accused — the right to notice of charges, the right to a speedy and public trial, the right to confront witnesses, the right to counsel, the right against self-incrimination. We as a society have made a profound commitment to avoid punishing the innocent.

This is particularly important to those of us who support the death penalty in appropriate circumstances. We have determined that there are instances when the crimes are so egregious that society’s ultimate punishment — the death penalty — may be appropriate. But the imposition of this punishment can be justified only if we make full use of all available tools to aid in the determination of guilt or innocence. “

“Hearing on Postconviction DNA Testing of New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer Before the Senate Judiciary Committee,” https://judiciary.senate.gov, June 13, 2000

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Governor of New York, 2006-2008
  • Attorney General of New York, 1998-2006
  • Business Person of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle, 2003
  • Time Magazine Crusader of the Year, 2002
  • Co-founder, Children for Children
  • Prosecutor, Manhattan district attorney’s office, 1986-1998
  • Attorney, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison Law Firm
  • Former Clerk, US District Court Judge Robert Sweet
Education:
  • JD, Harvard Law School, 1984
  • BA, Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, 1981
Other:
  • Resigned as governor of NY on Mar. 12, 2008 after confesing to extramarital affairs with a prostitute
Quoted in:
  1. Is Poor Representation by Public Defense Attorneys a Widespread Problem in Capital Cases?
  2. Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?