Other Issues - Death Penalty

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HB32 - Capital cases, sentencing, court prohibited from overriding jury verdict, unanimous vote of jury to recommend death, Secs. 13A-5-45, 13A-5-46, 13A-5-47 am'd.

Sponsor(s): Representative England

Synopsis: This bill would require a unanimous vote of the jury to sentence a person to death. It would bar the judge from overriding the jury verdict in this.


League Action and Justification: Monitor for now. League has a position against the death penalty. This would make it more difficult to impose, but we are uncertain if the bill will move.

Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/07/2017: First Read and assigned to committee on Judiciary (JUD)

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