League of Women Voters program: Should California Kill the Death Penalty?
The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will host a program featuring Piedmont resident, Cliff Gardner, who will discuss Proposition 34, a measure on the November 6 California ballot. The program will be held at 40 Highland Avenue in Piedmont on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m. The public is invited.
Proposition 34, the SAFE California Act, would replace the death penalty in California with a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
With over 30 years of practice in criminal law, Cliff Gardner has extensive experience representing clients in post-conviction proceedings, specializing in death penalty appeals and habeas corpus. He has represented clients in many high profile cases, including Scott Peterson and one of the Menendez brothers. He has tried more than a dozen cases before the California Supreme Court and briefed and argued several in the United States Supreme Court. In 1999, he co-authored Proposition 36 – the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act, which was approved by 61 percent of California voters. An advocate of abolishing the death penalty, Mr. Gardner will talk about why this is an important proposition to pass.
The League of Women Voters of California is endorsing Proposition 34.
Editors Note: The position taken is that of the League of Women Voters. The Piedmont Civic Association does not support or oppose ballot measures.