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Senate Bill 0310


Senate Bill 0310

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL


Death penalty and mental illness. Establishes a procedure to determine whether a defendant charged with murder is an individual with a severe mental illness. Prohibits the imposition of the death penalty on a defendant found to be an individual with a severe mental illness. Provides that a jury will serve as the factfinder in a sentencing hearing in a capital case, even if the defendant pleads guilty or is tried to the court. Permits a defendant to waive the right to impanel a jury during the sentencing hearing. (The introduced version of this bill was prepared by the Bowser commission.)
    Current Status:
     In Committee - first House
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