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Help end judicial override in Alabama once and for all

Wednesday, March 29, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Brooks
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Help end judicial override in Alabama once and for all

 

The end of judicial override in Alabama is in sight, and you can help make sure it happens. The Senate already voted overwhelmingly to stop this unusual practice, and HB 32, which would end judicial override, will be third on the House calendar when the Legislature returns next Tuesday, April 4. That’s a big deal because it puts the bill in a strong position for passage next week.

Alabama is the only state that still allows judges to overturn a jury’s recommended sentence in death penalty trials. About 90 percent of the time those overrides were used, it was to impose a death sentence despite a jury’s recommendation of life in prison without parole. Judicial override is an outdated practice, and it’s time to end it.

With your help, this major reform of Alabama’s justice system can become a reality. Please urge your representative to vote YES to end judicial override once and for all.



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