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Joshua Marquis, JD Biography

District Attorney for Clatsop County Oregon
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“While there are many people like my own state’s Senator Gordon Smith, whose goal is to make our system more efficient, there are also those whose real intent is simply to abolish the death penalty…The American people have consistently supported the death penalty as a concept…

We can and must use technology [DNA evidence] to accomplish what Senator Smith has called ‘making a good system near perfect.'”

“Testimony of Joshua K. Marquis, District Attorney Astoria (Clatsop County), Oregon Before the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate,” June 13, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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:
  • District Attorney, Clatsop County (Astoria) Oregon, 1994-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, National District Attorneys Association, 1997-present
  • Member, Board of Directors, Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Member, Board of Directors, University of Oregon Law School Alumni Association
  • Delegate, Democratic National Convention, 1996
  • Co-founder, Media Relations Committee
  • Former Chief Deputy District Attorney, Deschutes County Oregon
  • Former Deputy District Attorney, Lincoln County Oregon
  • Former President, Oregon District Attorney’s Association
  • Former speechwriter, California Attorney General John Van de Kamp
  • Prosecutor, Lane County District Attorney’s Office
  • Former columnist, Los Angeles Daily Journal
  • JD, Law School, University of Oregon
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Quoted in:
  1. Does a Person's Income Level Affect the Likelihood of Receiving the Death Penalty?
  2. Is Prosecutorial Misconduct a Widespread Problem in Capital Cases?
  3. Is Poor Representation by Public Defense Attorneys a Widespread Problem in Capital Cases?