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USD Law Professor Discusses California's Death Penalty on KPBS "These Days"
SAN DIEGO (May 12, 2010) - University of San Diego School of Law Adjunct Professor John Cotsirilos was interviewed on the KPBS radio show, "These Days," to discuss the history of California's death penalty and current trends of cases in San Diego.
"The confessed murderer of North County teenagers Chelsea King and Amber Dubois is set to be sentenced for his crimes this Friday. Because of an agreement with San Diego County prosecutors, John Gardner will not receive the death penalty," began host Maureen Cavanaugh.
"To some observers, the Gardner case is just one more example of the arbitrary nature of California's death penalty laws. They ask how the state's ultimate punishment can be a deterrent if it is manipulated so often by lawyers and the courts. This morning, we'll discuss how our laws regarding capital punishment have changed through the years. And how prosecutors and defense attorneys view the death penalty today."
Click here to listen to the entire interview.
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