Orange County District Attorney
Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701
For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY
TO SEEK DEATH ON PAROLEE FOR
At approximately 10:00 a.m. on February 9, 2007,
When the death penalty is considered for any defendant, the Orange County District Attorney convenes a “Special Circumstances Committee” that includes a minimum of three prosecutors with extensive death penalty case experience. This Committee holds a hearing in which the prosecuting deputy district attorney presents the facts of the case. The defense is also given an opportunity to present mitigating evidence. The committee considers the strengths of the evidence, the seriousness of the crime, the damage to the community, and whether justice will be served by seeking the death penalty as to the defendant. The aggravating factors must clearly outweigh any mitigating factors and the Committee makes a recommendation to the District Attorney. The final decision is made by the District Attorney.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Cameron Talley of the Homicide Unit is prosecuting this case.