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Legislation, Litigation, Reflection and Repeal: The Legislative Abolition of the Death Penalty in New Jersey


George W. Conk


Fordham Law School

James R. Zazzali


Gibbons, PC

Jon Corzine


Governor of New Jersey

April 21, 2009

Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2008

Abstract:     
Symposium
Legislation, Litigation, Reflection & Repeal: the Legislative Repeal of the Death Penalty in New Jersey

April 2008 Seton Hall Law School

Chairman: Hon. James R. Zazzali, Chief Justice, New Jersey Supreme Court (Ret.)

Co-chairs: George W. Conk, Senior Fellow, Stein Center for Law & Ethics, Fordham Law School; Robert J. Martin, Professor, Seton Hall Law School; Lynne Newsome, Esq., President, New Jersey State Bar Association; Stephen Greenwald, Esq., New York City Bar Association Capital Punishment Committee, Stein Center Fellow

Sponsors: Seton Hall Law School; Stein Center for Law & Ethics, Fordham Law School; New Jersey State Bar Association; Capital Punishment Committee, New York City Bar Association

Herald of Change? New Jersey’s Repeal of the Death Penalty ... George W. Conk

Proceedings
Call to Order & Welcome
Patrick E. Hobbs, Dean, Seton Hall Law School
George W. Conk, Stein Center for Law & Ethics, Fordham Law School, Symposium Co-Chairman

Keynote Address... James R. Zazzali, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey (Ret.)
Symposium Chairman

Panel I: The Struggle in the Courtroom
Moderator: Hon. W. Michael Murphy
Dale Jones, Assistant Public Defender; William A. Zarling, First Deputy Assistant Prosecutor (Ret.); David A. Ruhnke, Esq.

Panel II: The Death Penalty on Appeal
Moderator: Hon. James R. Zazzali, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey (Ret.)
Hon. Deborah T. Poritz, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey (Ret.)
James K. Smith, Assistant Public Defender
Hon. Alan B. Handler, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey (Ret.)
Hon. Peter G. Verniero, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey (Ret.)
Lawrence S. Lustberg, Esq., Gibbons P.C.

Address: Hon. Jon S. Corzine, Governor, State of New Jersey

Legislative Resolution presented to Celeste Fitzgerald, New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, by Senator Raymond J. Lesniak

Panel III: Legislative Moratorium and the Death Penalty Study Commission
Moderator: Prof. R. Erik Lillquist, Gibbons Institute, Associate Dean, Seton Hall Law School
Celeste Fitzgerald, Director, New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Kevin D. Walsh, Esq., New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty
Hon. James H. Coleman, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of New Jersey (Ret.)
Miles S. Winder, III, NJ State Bar Association Member of NJ Death Penalty Study Commission

Panel IV: The Final Act - Repeal - Marshaling the Votes
Moderator: Kathy Barrett Carter, Editorial Board member, The Star Ledger
Hon. Robert Martin, Sponsor - NJ State Senate, Professor, Seton Hall Law School, Co-chairman
Hon. Wilfredo Caraballo, N.J. Assembly Sponsor, Professor, Seton Hall Law School
Senator Raymond J. Lesniak, Majority Leader
Hon. Christopher “Kip” Bateman, N.J. Assembly Sponsor

Number of Pages in PDF File: 178

Keywords: death penalty, capital punishment, due process, repeal, abolition, legislative repeal, moratorium

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Date posted: April 22, 2009 ; Last revised: May 11, 2009

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Conk, George W. and Zazzali, James R. and Corzine, Jon, Legislation, Litigation, Reflection and Repeal: The Legislative Abolition of the Death Penalty in New Jersey (April 21, 2009). Seton Hall Legislative Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1392846

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George W. Conk (Contact Author)
Fordham Law School ( email )
140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States
212-636-7446 (Phone)
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HOME PAGE: http://law.fordham.edu
James R. Zazzali
Gibbons, PC ( email )
NJ
United States
Jon Corzine
Governor of New Jersey
NJ
United States
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