President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy at Albany Law School
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"There are in fact six strong arguments against sending McVeigh off to his final reward.
First, there is the traditional ethical argument that the state should never take life when it can avoid doing so... McVeigh does not threaten anyone now, so we need not execute him. Why should society reduce itself to McVeigh's level? His acts are unspeakable -- he took the lives of people for no reason, other than to make a statement. Do we do anything different by taking his life?
Second, McVeigh is certainly not a threat to anyone in the future... Third, executing McVeigh will fit into McVeigh's game plan... Fourth, executing McVeigh will also not serve as a deterrent to similar crimes... Fifth, executing him prevents us from ever learning the full truth about his co-conspirators... This leads to the last argument against his execution. Putting McVeigh to death may very well create a martyr... [Not executing McVeigh] would also send a message that the United States will not lower itself to the level of the Timmy McVeigh's of the world."
"Why We Shouldn't Execute Timothy McVeigh," Forum, Apr. 2001
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:
President William McKinley Distinguished Professor of Law and Public Policy, Albany Law School, 2006-present
Senior Fellow, Government Law Center, Albany Law School, 2006-present
Chapman Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Tulsa College of Law, 1999-2006
John F. Seiberling Professor, University of Akron School of Law, 1998-1999
Baker & Hostetler Visiting Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, 1997-1998
Distinguished Visiting Professor, Hamline Law School, 1997
University of Miami, Charlton W. Tebeau Visiting Research Professor, 1996
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1995
Visiting Associate Professor, Virginia Tech, 1992-1995
Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School, 1990-1992
Assistant Professor, History, SUNY Binghamton, 1984-1990
Assistant Professor, History, University of Texas, 1978-1984
Fellow in Law and Humanities, Harvard Law School, 1982-1983
Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas Law School, 1982
Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow, Washington University, 1977-1978
Visiting Lecturer, History, University of California, Irvine, 1976-1977