"The (criminal justice) system is not perfect," he said. "Until it's
perfect, let's do away with the death penalty."
Friedman testified during the punishment phase of Max Soffar's trial that the defendant should not be executed and questioned the evidence used to convict him.
"I've seen the problems with the lawyers. Everybody's dead. All the witnesses are dead. Tthere's no evidence against him," he said. "And I can't even believe he was brought to trial in the first place."
Friedman, a musician-turned-mystery author-turned-politician, said his court appearance had nothing to do with his run for governor. Known for his trademark black cowboy hat and cigar, Friedman needs to collect more than 45,000 signatures after the March 7 primaries to be placed on the November ballot.