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Death Penalty Still a Killer Issue?

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Goodwin Liu

Today’s San Francisco Chronicle reports that 42 of California’s 58 county district attorneys are opposing President Obama’s nomination of Goodwin Liu to the federal appeals court in San Francisco.

Why? Because they don’t like the UC-Berkeley’s past criticisms of capital punishment.

According to the Chron:

“Liu’s 2005 critique of the death penalty opinions that [Supreme Court Justice Samuel] Alito authored as a federal appeals court judge in Philadelphia included a case in which a prosecutor had removed all three black prospective jurors from a panel that proceeded to condemn a black defendant to death. The prosecution had also removed all African Americans from juries in three other trials in the county that year.


Written by Bill Whalen

March 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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