President’s Awards

Matt Cherry, Mike Farrell, Nancy Haydt & Robert Sanger for Prop 62

There are people in our world who serve as inspirations. Those who care about the people that nobody else cares about. That society has shunned, hated, persecuted and sentenced to death. Those that love the unloved and unlovable - people convicted of the most despised acts in our society. Matt Cherry, Mike Farrell, Nancy Haydt, and Robert Sanger are those people. Through their tireless, persistent efforts, they bring hope and use their own resources, time, intellect, passion and determination, influence and legal training to save the lives of our clients.

How many of our clients on death row were born addicted to drugs, abused, had alcohol placed in their baby bottles, or experienced trauma at the hands of those who should be expected to protect them? Were born into poverty or lived with prejudice? How many are learning disabled or mentally ill? How many of our clients on death row call themselves a monster?

Or just as importantly, how many proclaim their innocence while waiting for their turn to die for a crime they didn't commit?

Which is why it is so important to effectively take on the issue of the Death Penalty head-on. To be effective, it takes people like Matt Cherry, Mike Farrell, Nancy Haydt, and Robert Sanger. Through victories large and small, it is through the efforts of these caring people that lives are being saved. Lives that can still be productive, whose families won't have to mourn their early loss. And for whom, certainty and closure of their criminal cases won't take years and years. Where the state is saving money by not seeking death sentences. Where minorities are not over-represented in death sentences. Where restorative justice is in practice.

California Attorneys for Criminal Justice fully supports and endorses their fight and is proud to recognize Matt Cherry, Mike Farrell, Nancy Haydt, and Robert Sanger for their tireless work on behalf of our clients and all of California.


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