HB 1806 Capital sentencing.
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Summary:
Capital sentencing. Permits the sentencing jury in a capital case to hear evidence of the impact the crime had upon the victim's family. This codifies the holding in Payne v. Tennessee, 111 S.Ct. 2597 (1991), which overturned prior U.S. Supreme Court rulings in Booth v. Maryland, 482 U.S. 496 (1987) and South Carolina v. Gathers, 490 U.S. 805 (1989). Booth and Gathers had held that victim impact evidence and prosecutor comment upon it during a capital sentencing proceeding created an unacceptably high risk that a death sentence would be imposed in an arbitrary and capricious manner (an Eighth Amendment violation).

Full text:
01/19/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD1328264  pdf

Status:
01/19/95  House: Presented & ordered printed LD1328264
01/19/95  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/25/95  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 1
02/08/95  House: No action taken by Courts of Justice by voice vote