Bench Memos

Goodwin Liu on the Death Penalty

On his Crime and Consequences blog, Kent Scheidegger, a California-based expert on criminal law generally and on the death penalty in particular, calls for “pull-out-the-stops opposition” to Goodwin Liu’s nomination to the Ninth Circuit: 

To anyone familiar with the death penalty debate, it is painfully evident that Professor Liu takes the murderers’ side on every debatable point. If confirmed, there is no doubt in my mind that he will be a vote to obstruct the enforcement of capital punishment in virtually every case. Adding him to the Ninth [Circuit] would take a court that is already far out of the judicial mainstream and push it even further in that direction.