Last updated on: 1/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

Mario M. Cuomo, JD Biography

Title:
Former Governor of New York
Position:
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“What makes the risk of wrongful execution all the more unacceptable is that there is an effective alternative to burning the life out of human beings in the name of public safety. That alternative is just as permanent, at least as great a deterrent and – for those who are so inclined – far less expensive than the exhaustive legal appeals required in capital cases.”

“New York State Shouldn’t Kill People,” New York Times, June 17, 1989

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Of Counsel, Willkie Farr & Gallager LLP, 1995-2015
  • Governor, New York, 1982-1994
  • Lieutenant Governor, New York, 1978-1982
  • Secretary of State, New York, 1975-1978
  • Lawyer, Corner, Weisbro, Froeb & Charles, 1958-1975
  • Clerk, New York Court of Appeals, 1956-1958
  • Former Adjunct Professor, St. John’s University School of Law
  • Former Chairman & Member, Board of Directors, Partnership for a Drug Free America
Education:
  • JD, St. John’s University School of Law, 1956
  • BA, St. John’s University, 1953
Other:
  • He passed away on Jan. 1, 2015
Quoted in:
  1. Is Life in Prison without Parole a Better Option Than the Death Penalty?