Professor of Law at University of California Davis School of Law
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"We support the recommendations of the Commission if Californians elect to continue the death penalty. However, we write separately because, after carefully considering all the information and evidence put before the Commission, we believe that the death penalty should be repealed. The death penalty is too costly, the possibility is high that a person who has been wrongfully convicted will be put to death, capital punishment inordinately affects communities of color, the imposition of the death penalty varies greatly from county to county, a low income defendant faces a troubling disadvantage when charged with a capital offense, the death penalty forecloses any possibility of healing and redemption, the death qualification juror requirement inherently and unjustly biases the process against the defendant, and California should follow the lead of other civilized societies who have concluded that the death penalty be abolished."
"Report and Recommendations on the Administration on the Administration of the Death Penalty in California - Supplemental Statement on Repealing the Death Penalty," California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, June 30, 2008
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:
Professor of Law, University of California Davis School of Law
Appointed by Attorney General Janet Reno to the Citizens Advisory Panel of the Department of Justice
Member, Committee on Immigrant Children and Family Health of the National Research Council
Member, California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice
Member, Board of Directors, Rosenberg Foundation
Member, Board of Directors, Asian Law Caucus
Member, Migration Policy Institute
Member, National Advisory Council of the Asian American Justice Center
Founder, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, 1980
JD, University of San Francisco, 1974
AB, Psychology, University of California at Berkeley, 1971