Friday, March 30, 2007


A House judiciary committee has agreed that the state Supreme Court should examine not just death penalty cases but also cases that result in life in prison when it is trying to determine whether sentences are consistent. So-called proportionality reviews allow courts to compare cases as they try to determine whether someone deserved the death penalty. Existing law only requires justices to review death penalty cases. The change would provide a check on "aberrant" juries, said bill co-sponsor Rep. Rick Glazier. The bill, House Bill 341, which I co-sponsored, now goes to the full House for consideration.

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