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SB16 - Capital cases, sentencing, court prohibited from overriding jury verdict, Secs. 13A-5-45, 13A-5-46, 13A-5-47 am'd.
Sponsor(s): Senator Brewbaker
Synopsis: Capital cases, sentencing, court prohibited from overriding jury verdict, Secs. 13A-5-45, 13A-5-46, 13A-5-47 am'd.
This bill makes removes all references to jury decisions in such cases as advisory, referring to them as decisions. Unlike HB32 which requires a unanimous decision of the jury to recommend a sentence of death, this bill has the decision based on a vote of at least 10 jurors.
League Action and Justification: Monitor. HB32 is preferable but if it fails to pass this bill is better than current policy.
Bill Progress in Legislature:
02/07/2017: Read for the first time and referred to the Senate committee on Judiciary (JUD) 02/09/2017: 2nd Read and placed on the calendar; Pending 3rd Read and Favorable from JUD
02/23/2017: Third Reading Carried Over to Call of the Chair; Brewbaker motion to Carry Over to the Call of the Chair adopted by Voice Vote; Third Reading Passed; Pittman Amendment (182998-1) Offered; Pittman motion to Adopt adopted by Roll Call; Motion to Read a Third Time and Pass adopted by Roll Call; Engrossed
02/23/2017: Read for the first time and referred to the House committee
03/09/2017: 2nd Read and placed on the Calendar; pending 3rd Read and Favorable from JUD
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.