Prof. Eric Freedman Weighs In on California Death Penalty System Ruling for The New York Times


Eric M. Freedman, the Siggi B. Wilzig Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Rights, commented in a New York Times article about the July 16 ruling by U.S. District Judge Cormac J. Carney that the California death penalty system is unconstitutional.

California Death Penalty System Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules
By Erik Eckholm and John Schwartz
The New York Times
July 17, 2014


Eric M. Freedman, a professor at the Hofstra University law school, said that he doubted the case would make it to the Supreme Court or set national policy on the death penalty, but that it would still resonate.

“The decision is incredibly important in bringing to public consciousness that this has been a political shell game,” he said, with politicians endorsing the death penalty but unwilling to provide the funds for defense lawyers and efficient courts that would keep the system working.

Erik Eckholm reported from La Quinta, and John Schwartz from New York.

A version of this article appears in print on July 17, 2014, on page A11 of the New York edition with the headline: California Death Penalty System Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules.

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