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Kent Scheidegger

Kent Scheidegger

Legal Director, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation

Kent Scheidegger has been the legal director of the Criminal Justice Legal Foundation since 1986. A nonprofit, public interest law organization, CJLF’s purpose is to assure that people who are guilty of committing crimes receive swift and certain punishment in an orderly and constitutional manner. Scheidegger has written over 150 briefs in U.S. Supreme Court cases. His articles on criminal and constitutional law have been published in law reviews, national legal publications, and congressional reports, and his legal arguments have been cited in the Congressional Record and incorporated in several precedent-setting Supreme Court decisions. He is the past chairman of the Criminal Law and Procedure Practice Group of the Federalist Society and continues to serve on the group’s executive committee. After serving six years in the U.S. Air Force as a nuclear research officer, he took his law degree with distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

More About Kent Scheidegger

For nearly 30 years, Scheidegger has dedicated his professional life to defending the death penalty.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Guilt is a legal and moral construct, not a medical one. The traditional test is whether the defendant was able to understand the nature of the act and understand that it was wrong.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kent Scheidegger is an expert witness in defense of the American system of capital punishment in this mock trial held by Amicus.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Tracing the development through the principal cases and best-known studies to show that the truth, to the extent we can know it, is quite different from the common perception.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969

A report to the Connecticut General Assembly on Capital Punishment.

Friday, April 1, 2011

California’s death penalty law is no more complicated than the federal law or the law of the typical state.

Wednesday, December 31, 1969
Wednesday, December 31, 1969