Professor of Justice, Law, and Society at American University
Con to the question "Should the Death Penalty Be Allowed?"
"A decision not to seek the death penalty against a defendant has large and immediate cost-saving consequences. The sooner that decision is made, the larger the savings. Since the death penalty ultimately is sough against only a small number of the defendants charged with death-eligible offenses, the process for identifying those defendants should be expeditious in order to preserve funding and minimize the unnecessary expenditure of resources. The current process, however is not expeditious; rather, even in cases in which authorization for capital prosecution is viewed as unlikely by both the prosecution and the defense, the process is lengthy and seemingly inefficient, involving multiple levels of review, and results in unnecessaru costs being incurred."
"Report to the Committee on Defender Services Judicial Conference of the Unites States Update on the Cost and Quality of Defense Representation in Federal Death Penalty Cases," www.uscourts.gov (accessed Aug. 9, 2012), Sep. 2010
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 Justice, Law, and Society, American University
Chair, Innocence Committee for Virginia
Director, Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs
Principal Investigator, Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project
Affiliate Professor, Washington College of Law
Associate Editor, Justice System Journal
Board of Directors, American Judicature Society
Editorial Advisory Board, Law & Society Review
Associate Professor and Director, Center for Justice, Law, and Society at George Mason University, 1999-2010
Fellow, US Supreme Court, 2006-2007
Visiting Scholar, Institute of Governmental Studies at University of California Berkeley, 1996-1999
College Counsel and Special Assistant, President of Beliot College, 1992-1994
Fellow and Acting Assistant Director, International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University College of Law, 1991-1996
Fellow and Lecturer, University of Chicago Law School, 1991
PhD, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1999
JD, cum laude, Harvard Law School, 1989
MPP, Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, 1989