The controversial tenure of Attorney General John Ashcroft is already being debated, even before he departs. But one aspect of his legacy is very much in doubt. Will his effort to federalize the death penalty be viewed as a success? And will presumed successor Alberto Gonzales carry on Ashcroft's aggressive approach, overruling prosecutors' decisions not to seek capital punishment? No one knows for certain what Gonzales will do, but several close observers don't think much will change under the new AG.
Ashcroft's Legacy on Federal Death Penalty in Doubt
The National Law Journal
December 6, 2004
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