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Ken Frazier, CEO of Merck, speaks out against the death penalty


In this video Kenneth C. Frazier speaks at the American Law Institute's 90th Annual Meeting about his role as a death penalty lawyer and the flaws in the judicial system as it relates to capital punishment. He successfully defended James “Bo” Cochran in post-conviction proceedings which determined he had been wrongfully convicted and sentenced to death in Alabama. Cochran was taken off death row after nearly two decades.

Frazier states,

“I firmly believe that if one looks objectively at how our criminal justice system dispenses justice to the poor, the disadvantaged, to the poorly represented, and to people of color, one cannot easily discount the unacceptably high risk of wrongful death penalty convictions or the hideous implications of their finality.”

Prior to joining Merck, Ken was a partner with the Philadelphia law firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. Ken sits on the boards of PhRMA, Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Exxon Mobil Corporation, The Pennsylvania State University and Cornerstone Christian Academy in Philadelphia, PA. Ken also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, The Business Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Council of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association.

Ken received his bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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