It’s certain to be one of the more interesting races in this Fall’s election season: a conservative southern Californian white male district attorney who supports the death penalty, versus a liberal northern Californian African and Asian-American female district attorney who opposes the death penalty—both vying for state Attorney General. Patt begins our 2010 Attorney General coverage with current District Attorney for San Francisco and candidate Kamala Harris. Harris answers Patt’s questions and yours about her career and initiatives—most notably treating truancy among children in elementary school as a crime committed by the parents and what she sees as a more efficient, cost effective plan to substitute life in prison without possibility of parole for the death penalty. We’ll also ask her thoughts on the Prop 8 rulings of the past month and whether, in her eyes, current Attorney General Jerry Brown has any obligation to defend the will of the 52% of Californians who voted to ban same-sex marriage.
Kamala Harris, district attorney of San Francisco, Democratic candidate for Attorney General, and author of Smart on Crime: A Career Prosecutor’s Plan to Make Us Safer