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

Orrin G. Hatch, JD Biography

Title:
Former US Senator (R-UT)
Position:
Pro to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
Reasoning:

“I support capital punishment. But I believe it should be used only when:

There is conclusive proof of guilt;

The crime itself is so heinous or depraved that it warrants the ultimate sanction; and

There is no credible and appreciable evidence of discrimination.”

“Statement of Senator Orrin Hatch before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Hearing on ‘Post-Conviction DNA Testing: When is Justice Served?’,” June 13, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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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:
  • US Senator (R-UT), 1977-2019
  • Attorney, various firms, Salt Lake City, 1969-1976
  • Attorney, Pringle, Bredin, and Martin, Pittsburgh, 1962-1969
Education:
  • JD, University of Pittsburgh, 1962
  • BA, History, Brigham Young University, 1959
  • Attended Baldwin Public High School, 1952
Other:
  • Born on Mar. 22, 1934
Quoted in:
  1. Has DNA Testing Led to Significant Improvements in the Criminal Justice System?