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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Colorado Death Penalty Decisions

The Colorado Supreme Court vacated two death sentences this week.  In one case, deliberating jurors consulted the Bible, reading the passage prescribing an eye for an eye as punishment.  (Opinion here).  In the other case, a jury was mis-instructed on a capital sentence based on felony murder.  The defendant was arrested and in handcuffs when a confereate killed a police officer; the jury was not correctly instructed on the underlying crime of burglary, so that the defenant could have been convicted of felony murder without being guilty of burglary.  (Opinion here) [Jack Chin]

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