1. Would you push for the application of the
death penalty in all cases where it would apply?
| No. I think each case needs to be taken on a case-by-case basis. The death penalty should be reserved for the most heinous cases, such as the raping of a child and terrorism.
Whether or not you’re going to have a death penalty
is an interesting dialogue that we should have ... but the more important issue for me is whether
or not it is meted out in a fair socio-economically neutral,
racially neutral, gender neutral manner. I only push for it when
I am 100 percent sure we’ve got the right person. We have
a viable alternative in Maryland, which is life without the
possibility of parole.|
2. Would you support greater regulation on
dumping in the Chesapeake Bay?
Yes. I go way further than that. I’m going to conduct an
environmental audit of the Maryland waterways. [Also], I believe that
the coal burning power plants that we have along the bay are an
environmental civil rights issue, because [they] are located in lower socioeconomic areas,
predominantly minority areas. We have the technology to fix
them, yet once again we don’t have anyone with the political
courage or will to make something happen.
Yes. We need to double or triple the number of lawyers doing
bay renewal assessments. We cannot be everywhere and document
everything. We need to partner with the public. If you see
someone dumping raw sewage into our water, our sewers, there will
be an 800 number you can call.
3. Would the attorney general's office under you investigate price
hikes by energy companies operating in Maryland?
I don’t think you can investigate it, because there’s nothing to
investigate; it was just very myopic legislative and public
I thought there was anything illegal going on then yes,
absolutely. I think Maryland needs a price-gouging law.
Do you support pulling violent or multiple youth offenders
out of the juvenile justice system into the adult system?
certain circumstances yes, I do. Unfortunately youthful
offenders are committing much more serious offenses than 25 ... years ago. They're committing adult offenses and should be
treated as such.
In some cases. I do think we need significant overhaul of the
juvenile justice system. I don't understand and never have why
cases initially go over to bureaucrats in the Department of
Juvenile Services before they come to a state's attorney office,
why we don't get them first and then refer them in appropriate
cases to the Department of Juvenile Services. |
5. Would you support greater monitoring of what
Web sites are visited on public computers such as library and
Sure. That's not the issue of the attorney general to
oversee people's use of the Internet in schools; that's for the
school system to make a determination as to who can use the
computers and under what monitoring system.
That's a very hard question. On the one hand, I feel people
should be able to see what they want; at the same time I know
parents can't monitor our kids 24 hours a day.
6. Would you investigate businesses that hire
Yes, absolutely. I support local police investigating companies
that hire illegal aliens. I certainly don't want to be a burden
to business, but the law must be followed.
Yes. We don't want to live in a society
where people are approached or stopped on the street corners
because of the color of their skin or the way they look or the
way they dress or are asked for documentation or papers; what we
do want to do is for companies that are knowingly hiring illegal
aliens, you can go after and find them.
7. Do you support a measure passed in the General
Assembly this year but later overturned by a U.S.
District Court judge that requires private
companies with more than 10,000 employees to spend at least
8 percent of their payroll on health benefits -- or put the
money directly into the state's health program for the poor?
I think [Attorney] General [J. Joseph] Curran is doing the right thing by
taking the appeal of the case. I would support the continued
appeal of it.
absolutely do not support that law. It's unconstitutional. This
is a very important job of the AG; we should not be passing laws
which violate our constitution.
8. What’s the No. 1 priority for your office?
The top two would be public safety and the environment. I think
there's a lot to be done with the public safety in Maryland. The
environment is the all-important one. I am running to to be the
environmental attorney general and cleaning up the Chesapeake
Bay is essential at this point.
first thing I'm going to do, after an administrative audit from
top to bottom, would be to pass a bill abolishing parole for
child sex offenders. I would work for bipartisan support. After
that, [I would tackle] the environment and gangs.
Your match with Doug Gansler is:
Your match with Scott Rolle