US District Judge in the Southern District of New York
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"[T]o this Court, the unacceptably high rate at which innocent persons are convicted of capital crimes, when coupled with the frequently prolonged delays before such errors are detected (and then often only fortuitously or by application of newly-developed techniques), compels the conclusion that execution under the Federal Death Penalty Act, by cutting off the opportunity for exoneration, denies due process and, indeed, is tantamount to foreseeable, state-sponsored murder of innocent human beings."
US v. Quinones, decision written by Judge Rakoff, July 1, 2002
Experts 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 District Judge, Southern District of New York, 1996-present
Private practice, New York City, 1970-1972, 1980-1995
Chief, Business and Securities Fraud Prosecutions, 1978-1980
Assistant US attorney, Southern District of New York, 1973-1980
Law clerk, Hon. Abraham Freedman, US Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1969-1970
JD, Harvard Law School, 1969
MPhil, Oxford University, Balliol College, 1966
BA, Swarthmore College, 1964
Nominated by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 11, 1995, to a seat vacated by David N. Edelstein; Confirmed by the Senate on Dec. 29, 1995, and received commission on Jan. 4, 1996.