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Ronald Eisenberg, JD Biography

Philadelphia Deputy District Attorney, Supervisor of the Law Division
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Legal?"

[W]e already have a [death penalty] moratorium, in fact hundreds of them, in each and every death penalty case.

Every capital verdict is held up for years, often for decades, while the case is studied and restudied and studied again in the courts, in all its individual detail. The only defendants who would benefit from a general moratorium are those whose appeals have been rejected every time — in other words, the capital murderers who least deserve more years of delay.”

“‘Innocence’ and the Death Penalty,” for the Pennsylvania District Attorney’s Association Newsletter, date unknown

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Philadelphia Deputy District Attorney, Supervisor, Law Division, 1991 – present
  • Past President & current Board Member, Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation
  • Member, Criminal Rules Committee, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Member, Advisory Committee, Pennsylvania’s Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions
  • Former Chief of Appeals Unit, Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, 1986 – 1991
  • Former Assistant District Attorney, Philadelphia, 1981 – 1986
  • Former Member, Task Force on Death Penalty Litigation, Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Former Member, Criminal Procedural Rules Committee, Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Adjunct Professor, Legal Writing & Research, Temple University School of Law
  • JD, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1981
  • Bachelor’s Degree received, Haverford College, 1978
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Quoted in:
  1. Should the Death Penalty Be Abolished Because Innocent People May Be Executed?