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Jim Dexter on Crime


Voted YES on requiring DNA testing in every death penalty case.

If the Senate were to vote on a bill that required DNA testing in every murder/homicide would you support such a measure in order to alleviate wrongful death sentences?

Dexter says, "We should take every possible step to insure justice at all levels of the system. This is especially true in capital cases where ambitious prosecutors may suppress exculpatory evidence to gain conviction."

Reference: DNA for death penalty questionnaire; Bill issues2000-B ; vote number issues2000-B on Jul 2, 2000

Voted YES on Three Strikes law.

If the Senate were to vote on a bill requiring a "three strikes" law, would you support such a measure?

Dexter says, "But I would have worked to make sure that the qualifying crimes were serious. Too often we read that the "third strike" is a petty theft. Three _violent_ crimes and you're out. And if they're that violent, three chances may be two too many."

Reference: Three Strikes questionnaire; Bill issues2000-C ; vote number issues2000-C on Jul 2, 2000

Voted NO on limiting product liability punitive damage awards.

Approval of a limit on punitive damages in product liability cases.

Dexter says, "Politicians should not try to interfere with the civil justice system."

Status: Conf Rpt Agreed to Y)59; N)40; NV)1

Reference: Conference Report on H.R. 956; Bill H. R. 956 ; vote number 1996-46 on Mar 21, 1996

Voted NO on restricting class-action lawsuits.

Restriction of class-action security lawsuits.

Dexter says, "While I am personally appalled at the trend to turn opportunistic trial lawyers into multibillionaires, politicians should not try to interfere with the civil justice system."

Status: Veto Overridden Y)68; N)30; P)1

Reference: H.R. 1058 passage over veto; Bill H.R. 1058 ; vote number 1995-612 on Dec 22, 1995

Voted YES on repealing federal speed limits.

Repeal federal speeding limits.
Status: Motion to Table Agreed to Y)64; N)36
Reference: Motion to table Lautenberg Amdt #1428; Bill S. 440 ; vote number 1995-270 on Jun 20, 1995

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