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HB16-1233

Changes To Death Penalty Trials

Concerning modifying the procedure for sentencing in class 1 felonies when the death penalty is sought.
Session:
2016 Regular Session
Subject:
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Bill Summary

The bill changes the process for sentencing for class 1 felonies when the death penalty is sought. The bill creates an aggravation phase at which the prosecution must prove one or more aggravating circumstances beyond a reasonable doubt to the unanimous satisfaction of a jury. The bill also creates a penalty phase at which the defendant has the burden to prove one or more mitigating circumstances by a preponderance of evidence, and the jury determines unanimously whether the mitigating circumstances call for leniency. The bill also establishes a procedure for a retrial of the aggravation phase and the penalty phase in the event the jury cannot reach a unanimous verdict.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Lost

Bill Text

Sponsors

Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. K. Ransom

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