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Prof. Kirchmeier on DNA Exonerations and the Death Penalty

March 12, 2012

Prof. Jeff Kirchmeier recently published his essay “DNA Reminds Us that to Err Is Human” in Cato Unbound, an online publication of the Cato Institute. The essay is part of a series about what DNA exonerations tell us about the death penalty. In his essay, Kirchmeier discusses the significance of the quality and number of DNA exonerations in the United States, how legislatures should respond to exonerations, and what exonerations teach us about the capital punishment process.

Kirchmeier has represented indigent capital defendants in state appeals, state post-conviction proceedings, federal habeas corpus proceedings and at clemency hearings as a staff attorney at the Arizona Capital Representation Project. He supervised and helped train capital defense attorneys throughout Arizona and was the editor of a quarterly legal publication on legal developments in the death penalty area. Kirchmeier is the author of numerous law review articles about criminal procedure, constitutional law, and the death penalty. He is a member (and former Chair) of the Capital Punishment Committee of the New York City Bar Association. He appeared before a New York Assembly joint committee deciding whether the death penalty should be reinstated in New York.

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