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House Bill 1705

House Bill 1705

ARCHIVE (2007)

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Penalties for killing law enforcement officers. Establishes the capital litigation expense fund to reimburse prosecutors for expenses incurred in prosecuting a capital case and requires the criminal justice institute to administer the fund. Provides that capital litigation expenses for employing an investigator or additional deputy prosecuting attorney are only reimbursable if the prosecuting attorney does not already employ sufficient staff to prosecute the capital case and carry out the other responsibilities of the office. Makes an annual appropriation of one hundred fifty thousand dollars ($150,000) to fund the capital expense litigation fund. Requires the public defender council to reimburse 100% of a county's expenditures for indigent defense services in a capital case. Requires a prosecuting attorney who has reason to believe that a defendant committed murder against a law enforcement officer acting in the line of duty to seek the death penalty or a sentence of life without parole, and requires a defendant found to have committed this offense to receive either a sentence for murder or a sentence of life imprisonment without parole. Removes juvenile court jurisdiction over a child alleged to have committed the murder of a law enforcement officer acting in the line of duty. Makes other changes and conforming amendments.
Current Status:
In Committee - first House
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