Episode 60: Justice and the Death Penalty


Yes, yes, well done Mr Romney. We wonder what you have to say about capital punishment...

Spring is here in San Francisco (I hope I don’t jinx it), and as Charley gets pumped-up about the new baseball season, we collectively turn our attention to Super Tuesday, the new iPad and the less joyous topic of capital punishment.

So. Super Tuesday. Not as super as Mitt Romney might have hoped, but not altogether terrible either. Romney took 6 states, Santorum won 3 and Gingrich won in his home state of Georgia.

If Romney were to become the nominee, he would, in theory, have no trouble winning the other 4 states, but as Charley points out, Romney won in the urban areas of the states he won, not the heartlands. The problem for November? Sluggish voter turnout. For all your needs on this subject, we heartily recommend Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight Blog.

Onwards and upward to the iPad. None of us here have seen it, but it sounds quite “resolutionary” (their jokes not ours !) The problem? Apple’s buzz has been killed by a warning from the Department of Justice. It seems that Apple and five of the biggest publishers are being sued for anti-competitive activity raising the prices of e-books. We’ll bring updates on this case as it continues. Fingers crossed for cheaper e-books !

Finally, we reach the focus of the podcast. The death penalty ballot initiative in California. We lay out the status of capital punishment around the country, including the period between 1972 and 1976, when the death penalty was outlawed across the nation as unconstitutional cruel and unusual punishment.

In California, as in 34 other states, capital punishment is legal, and has been since 1978, despite numerous challenges. So, the fact that the subject will once again become the subject of intense debate in November, is a big deal. And this time, it’s about the economy. Tune in to hear the rest of the story.

To learn more about the impact on race and poverty on American justice, take a look at Bryan Stevenson’s talk from TED this year. It is a MUST watch.

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About Charley Moore

Charley is the Publisher of Article 3, as well as Founder and CEO of Rocket Lawyer Incorporated. Prior to founding Rocket Lawyer, Charley advised early stage companies, large enterprises and their investors on strategic partnering and corporate development strategy. Charley has been at the forefront of Internet corporate development since beginning his career as an attorney at Venture Law Group in Menlo Park, California in 1996. He represented Yahoo! (IPO), WebTV Networks (acquired by Microsoft) and Cerent Corporation (acquired by Cisco Systems) at critical early stages of their success and was the founder of Onstation Corporation. Charley graduated from the United States Naval Academy (BS), San Francisco State University (MS) and the University of California at Berkeley (Juris Doctorate). He served as a U.S. Naval officer and is a Gulf War veteran.
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