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State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General Biography

Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"

“In recent years, events across the country have raised the public’s awareness of the death penalty and its administration. Since January, 1999, Arizona has executed 10 inmates and 117 prisoners are currently on Arizona’s death row. Recognizing the need for a comprehensive study of the death penalty process in Arizona, Attorney General Janet Napolitano formed the Attorney General’s Capital Case Commission in the summer of 2000 to study key issues and make recommendations to try to ensure that the death penalty process in Arizona is just, timely, and fair to defendants and victims. This Commission was not charged with and did not consider whether a moratorium or abolition of the death penalty was warranted.”

“Capital Case Commission Final Report,” State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General, Dec. 31, 2002

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“The Attorney General serves as the chief legal officer of the State. The Attorney General is mandated by our constitution and elected to a four-year term by the people of Arizona… The Office is divided into Criminal; Public Advocacy; Civil Rights; Child and Family Protection; Civil; Finance; Solicitor General; Executive Office; and Employee Services.”

“About the Office,” State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General website (accessed Oct. 23, 2008)


“The Attorney General’s Office represents and provides legal advice to most State agencies; enforces consumer protection and civil rights laws; and prosecutes criminals charged with complex financial crimes and certain conspiracies involving illegal drugs. In addition, all appeals statewide from felony convictions are handled by this Office.”

“About the Office,” State of Arizona Office of the Attorney General website (accessed Oct. 23, 2008)

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