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What would happen when a European that is on a jury votes not to seek that death penalty for a murder in the United States, by default? He says that the death penalty is illegal in Europe and it is a duty as a citizen of the European union to uphold the European policy against the death penalty. This person is a citizen of the Austria and the United States and their for can legally be in a jury in the United States.

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Anyone, on any jury, in the US, must be able to agree that they can give any of the possible options for punishment in that case.

As this potential jury member cannot do that, in the case of the death penalty, that potential juror would not be picked for the jury.

Most cases have a range of punishments and it only makes sense that you cannot select a jury member who is not willing to consider the avaiable sanctions for that case.  

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Mr. Sharp has appeared on ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX, NBC, NPR, PBS, BBC and many other TV and radio networks, on such programs as Nightline, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, The O'Reilly Factor, Oprah, etc., has been quoted in newspapers throughout the world and is a published author. A former opponent of capital punishment, he has written and granted interviews about, testified on and debated the subject of the death penalty, extensively and internationally. Partial List: --- Guest Lecturer, US Department of State, Senior Seminar, National Foreign Affairs Training Center, Washington DC, March 30, 1999 ---"Equal Treatment and the Death Penalty: A Conference"; Participant, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, November 11, 2002 --- Participant, The Governor's (Illinois) Commission on Capital Punishment. I was asked to present a paper on deterrence and the death penalty. I presented two papers -- one on deterrence and one on innocence issues. 2001 --- "Rethinking the Death Penalty", Nightline, ABCNews, 6/22/00. Interesting discussion with former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kogan, who somehow confused the concept of alleged innocent death row inmates released on appeal with innocent death row inmates executed. http://abcnews.go.com/onair/nightline/transcripts/nl000522_trans.html ---- "The Death Penalty", This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, ABC News, 6/4/00 Appearance with Illinois Governor George Ryan, discussing moratoriums and innocence issues. --- "Death Penalty Update", The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, 7/30/00 PBS. A review of death penalty issues. --- "Do We Need the Death Penalty? Yes", an essay, The World and I Magazine, September 2002, athttp://www.worldandi.com/public/2002/september/cipropub.html continued below

Organizations
Mr. Sharp is, now, an independent, non affiliated activist Prior to that time, he was Vice President, Political Director, Chairman of the Endorsement Committee and member of the Board of Directors of Justice For All from July 1993, when JFA was founded, through January 2000. He was Resource Director for JFA through 2003. Justice For All is a criminal justice reform organization based in Houston, Texas. In those positions, he was an active participant in every major issue undertaken by JFA, including policy direction, lobbying, victim's assistance and public presentations. He created the process for endorsing political candidates, forming a political endorsement committee, investigating the background of candidates, developing a questionnaire used to explore the candidates true positions on criminal justice and victim's issues resulting, finally, in a committee recommendation for endorsements. He is a death penalty expert who was opposed capital punishment until December 1995. Tulane U., BA Philosophy 1978

Publications
1) Newspapers around the world 2) "Death Penalty Debate", between Eric Zorn, an anti-death penalty columnist with the Chicago Tribune, and Dudley Sharp. April-June, 2000. Visits many of today's major death penalty issues in an in-depth format and is an illustration that assumption, not fact, often guide reporting on this issue. http://www.ericzorn.com/rhubarb/death/ 3) Blogs/websites a) ProDPinNC B) HomicideSurvivors.com c) prodeathpenalty.com Chapters in Books "The Mentally Retarded do not Face Execution", Is The Death Penalty Fair?, Greenhaven Press, Mary Williams editor, 2003 "Innocent People Have Not Been Executed", from Problems of Death, Opposing Viewpoints Series, Greenhaven Press, 2000 "The Death Penalty Should Be Retained", from Capital Punishment, Current Controversies, Greenhaven Press, 2000 "The Death Penalty is Just", Dudley Sharp, p 17-15, also pages 11 & 62, The Death Penalty, Opposing Viewpoints, Thompsaon/Gale 2006 "The Death Penalty", pg 26,31,33, 39, 79, Current Issues, Reference Point Press, 2012

Education/Credentials
continued --- "The Death Penalty", Speaker, Annual meeting of the American Corrections Association, San Antonio, Texas, 1997. Debate between myself and Richard Burr, a well known death penalty defense attorney and anti death penalty activist. --- "Capital punishment is an effective way to protect innocent people", May 27, 2000 - St. Louis Post Dispatch. Many more innocents will be put at risk by not executing. Scroll down about halfway to reach the letter http://www.prodeathpenalty.com/Innocence.htm --- "Death on Hold?", Fort Worth Star Telegram, 2/5/00. Why a moratorium on executions is unwarranted. http://www.startelegram.com/news/doc/1047/1:VIEWPOINT2/1:VIEWPOINT20205100.html --- "Bias on the death penalty", Richmond Times Dispatch, 4/23/01, deals with the racial issues. www.timesdispatch.com/MGB5AB8IVLC.html --- "Washington Journal", C-SPAN, 4/19/01. Death penalty moratorium issues, with Jane Henderson of the Quixote Center in Maryland, coordinator of the Equal Justice Project. A great show to view virtually all the false and misleading information put forward by the anti-death penalty movement. --- ABCNews.com, Taking Sides, essay "Exoneration Hype Exaggerated", 5/10/00. A brief essay regarding the absence of journalistic standards when dealing with issues of innocence and the death penalty. It is the second article down. http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/us/TakingSides/takingsides7.html --- "ABA's Proposed Moratorium Relies on Flimsy Facts", The Texas Lawyer, March 16, 1997. An article showing how inaccurate and misleading the American Bar Association was in their foundation in asking for a moratorium on executions. --- "Guilty as Charged", Wall Street Journal, A22, 6/28/00. Co-authored with Dianne Clements, an article about the highly publicized case of executed Texas murderer Gary Graham.

Past/Present Clients
--- Testimony before the Pennsylvania State Senate Judiciary Committee, February 2000. Death Penalty Moratorium legislation -- Alaska Senate Judiciary Committee, Death Penalty Testimony, July 1997. Testimony regarding referendum on the death penalty and other death penalty issues --- Texas Legislature, testimony in both House and Senate regarding death penalty issues and bills.

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