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April 8, 2007

Notable local capital sentencing analysis

Sunday's Columbus Dispatch has this intriguing article entitled "Death sentences rare for local juries: Murderers convicted in Franklin County more likely to get life in prison."  In addition to the article, the Dispatch has this fascinating review "of the last 100 aggravated murder indictments [in Franklin County which] shows that juries are becoming more reluctant to impose the death penalty."

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I wonder how reluctant in giving the death sentence juries would have to become in a given jurisdiction before there would be a kind of de facto abolition. Is that what has happened in the states that still have the death penalty on the books but don't really use it? i.e., does the de facto abolition typically work its way up from the jury to the prosecutor's office, or does it typically come down as a kind of policy in the prosecutor's office first?

Posted by: Brett T. | Apr 14, 2007 9:53:36 AM

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