Burke said the procedure in any case that could result in a punishment of death requires a "careful and deliberate process," and includes consultation with the victims of the crimes and their families, consideration of all evidence relevant to guilt and punishment, including aggravating and mitigating evidence, and consultation with all the law enforcement agencies investigating the case.
"This was an attack on Congresswoman Giffords, her constituents, and her staff," said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke in Arizona. "We will seek justice for the federal officials, Judge Roll and Gabriel M. Zimmerman, and for Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Schneck, Dorwan C. Stoddard. These final four Arizonans’ lives were extinguished while exercising one of the most precious rights of American citizens, the right to meet freely and openly with their Member of Congress."
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