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

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?