Nearly 75% of California's district attorneys oppose the nomination of Berkeley Law Professor Goodwin Liu to the Ninth Circuit. According to SFGate, the main issue is Liu's stance on the death penalty.
In a letter to leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the prosecutors attacked a paper Liu coauthored in 2005 that criticized death penalty decisions by Samuel Alito, then President George W. Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court.
Among the unenthusiastic are DA Ed Berberian of Marin County and David Paulson of Solano County.
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The Liu opposition letter was the product of work between various district attorneys and the pro-death penalty Criminal Justice Legal Foundation.
CJLF Legal Director Kent Scheidegger said he wrote a letter to district attorneys asking them to go on record against Liu’s nomination and they responded by writing their own letter (.pdf) of opposition.
Kern County District Attorney Ed Jagels played a leading role in gathering the signatures of 41 other DAs, a spokeswoman for his office said.
Scheidegger said Liu is reminiscent of judicial candidates submitted during the Carter administration.
“We’ve been seeing gradual progress in the Ninth Circuit,” he said. “Then this nomination came along and it’s like we’re right back in those days again.”
The California District Attorneys Association did not take a position on the letter, nor was it involved in drafting it or circulating it for signatures, said CDAA president Gary Lieberstein.