Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Justin F. Marceau (University of Denver Sturm College of Law) has posted Arizona's Ring Cycle (Arizona State Law Journal, Forthcoming) on SSRN. Here is the abstract:
the Supreme Court held that the finding of an aggravating factor, as required to
be eligible for a sentence of death under the Arizona sentencing scheme, could
not be made by a judge alone. Each exclusively judge-based sentence of death
that was pending at the time Ring was handed down spurred a duty on the
part of state courts to either change the sentence from death to life or remand
the case for re-sentencing under a new capital sentencing statute. The death
penalty “ring cycle” then is comprised of the remands and re-sentencings as
necessary to comply with the Sixth Amendment. This Article is the first to
provide an empirical examination of the results in Ring remand cases.
Specifically, the Article details the Ring remand procedures and the
results of these remands as they played out in Arizona.