Franklin Zimring in the DailyCal, November 29, 2018
“If you and I agree to do a robbery, and you bring a gun and you shoot somebody, and I didn’t know about that and I didn’t approve — too bad, I’m also a murderer under the federal murder rule,” said campus professor Franklin Zimring, faculty director of the criminal justice studies program at the UC Berkeley School of Law, in explanation of the overturned felony murder law.
Franklin Zimring quoted by Daily Journal (registration required), April 30, 2018
With so many crimes in so many jurisdictions, standard practices like trying the most serious charges first aren’t as easy to apply, said Franklin Zimring. … “What do you do when you have 12 homicides in three or four locations? … The answer is there is substantial negotiation.”
Elisabeth Semel and Franklin Zimring quoted by Concord Monitor, April 30, 2018
Protocols that were designed poorly or improperly have opened some states up to constitutional challenges upon implementation, according to Elisabeth Semel … tying them up in even more legal delays. … “It sounds like New Hampshire has a lot of work to do,” Semel said Friday.
“What’s going on here a status competition,” said Frank Zimring … speaking on New Hampshire’s repeal efforts. “What’s going on here is the symbolic dance which has absolutely nothing to do with pushing the state close to actual execution.”
Franklin Zimring quoted by CALmatters.org, April 11, 2018
“The major force in controlling, or failing to control, police use of force is the police chief,” Zimring said. “What state law can do is… make excessive use of deadly force expensive enough to motivate police chiefs.”
Franklin Zimring quoted by VICE News, April 5, 2018
“We have a history of an overwhelming tendency, whenever there’s any ambiguity, of giving the officer the benefit of the doubt,” said Franklin Zimring. … “But the much more specific ‘imminent threat of life or great bodily harm’ standard is a clear message of what the currency should be. You don’t kill people unless lives are at stake.”
Franklin Zimring quoted by The Daily Californian, March 23, 2018
According to Zimring, recent statistics provided by the U.S. government were off by nearly 50 percent when compared to the research done by him and his colleagues. He indicated that this may have to do with the supposed lobbying influence of the National Rifle Association, or NRA, and other gun rights activists.
Franklin Zimring quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, March 19, 2018
There is always a local angle, and “in this digital age,” writes UC Berkeley law school Professor Franklin Zimring, “a good idea can have a half-life of 60 years.”
Franklin Zimring quoted by The Wall Street Journal, March 18, 2018
“You do have murder convictions for repetitive drunk drivers, but you don’t have death penalties for them,” said Franklin Zimring. … “It would be an extraordinary change in the boundaries of the Eighth Amendment.”
Franklin Zimring quoted by San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 28, 2018
“What you have is a lot of shots in a little time,” he said. “It wasn’t a tactic. It was a collective response. The problem is that you haven’t coordinated who would be the designated shooters.”
Franklin Zimring quoted by Press Democrat, Feb. 14, 2018
Justices do not typically delve into matters involving civil damages, said Franklin Zimring. … “The odds are generally rather low of the county getting a review.”