Golden State Killer Prosecutor Anne Marie Schubert

Anne Marie Schubert became a prosecutor fresh out of law school and joined the Sacramento County’s District Attorney’s office in 1996. She never left. Though recent headlines have been abuzz about progressive D.A.s in Los Angeles and San Francisco who want to make the criminal justice system less punitive, Schubert is a career prosecutor of the older school: Tight with law enforcement, vocal about the rights of crime victims and critical of self-proclaimed reformers. Insisting that she’s “not a politician,” she left the Republican Party in 2018 and is running as an independent.

If Schubert is known outside of Sacramento, it’s for her work dredging up grisly, unsolved murder cases and bringing them to trial. Remember the Golden State Killer, the serial murderer who stalked northern California in the 1970s and ‘80s and was finally caught in 2018 with the help of an online genealogical database? Schubert helped lead the investigation and prosecution.

Ms. Schubert campaigned to preserve the death penalty in California by co-chairing the “No” campaign against Proposition 34 in 2012, She co-authored Proposition 20 in 2020, an unsuccessful measure to stiffen penalties on property crimes and make it more difficult for some inmates to qualify for early parole, and in 2021, joined 43 other California prosecutors in suing the state to block rules allowing more prison inmates to qualify for early release.

Ms. Schubert has authored many published articles including The Prosecution of Cold Case Murders, Dead Man Talking: DNA Secret’s from the Grave, DNA Evidence in California: The Silent Witness: Presenting DNA Evidence in Court, etc. Come meet this exciting prosecutor.