Today on Felony Friday is Mark W. Osler joins host John Odermatt. Osler is a legal scholar, law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a staunch critic of narcotics policy and capital punishment. Osler received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1990, he worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, before beginning to work as a law professor at Baylor University in 2000, and then leaving for St. Thomas in 2010. At St. Thomas, he founded the nation’s first law school clinic on federal commutations,and he has advocated for an expansive use of the presidential pardon power.
Osler’s writing on clemency, sentencing and narcotics policy has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and in journals at several of the nations most respected Universities. He is the author of the book Jesus on Death Row: The Trial of Jesus and American Capital Punishment, which critiques capital punishment in the United States through an examination of the biblical account of Jesus Christ’s trial and execution.
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