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Mario M. Cuomo, JD Biography

Former Governor of New York
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

“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
  • JD, St. John’s University School of Law, 1956
  • BA, St. John’s University, 1953
  • He passed away on Jan. 1, 2015
Quoted in:
  1. Should Life without Parole Replace the Death Penalty?