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John F. Moulds, JD Biography

US Magistrate Judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of California
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considering all the information and evidence put before the Commission, we believe that the death penalty should be repealed.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:
  • US Magistrate Judge, US District Court, Eastern District of California, 1986-present
  • Member, California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, 2005-2008
  • Chief Magistrate Judge, US District Court, Eastern District of California, 1987-1997
  • President, Federal Magistrate Judges Association, 1992-1993
  • Part-time Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of California, Jan. 1983 to Dec. 1985
  • Private Practice, Sacramento, CA, 1969-1985
  • Directing Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance, 1968-1969
  • Staff Attorney, Sacramento Legal Aid, 1968
  • Staff Attorney, California Rural Legal Assistance, 1966-1968
  • Legal Editor, California Continuing Education of the Bar, 1964-1966
  • Administrative Assistant, California State Senator Albert S. Rodda, 1961-1963
  • Research Analyst, California State Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Education, 1960-1961
  • JD, University of California at Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 1966
  • BA, California State University at Sacramento, 1960
  • Attended Stanford University, 1955-1958
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