Key NY Death Penalty Clause Voided By Court

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New York State’s highest court today reversed a death sentence declared a sentencing provision of the state capital punishment unconstitutional, reports the Associated Press. The 4-3 Court of Appeals decision spares Stephen LaValle, who was convicted of raping and killing a jogger in 1997, and appears to invalidate capital sentences against the other three men on New York death row.

All four were sentenced under a measure that is unconstitutional because it might coerce jurors into voting for death when they do not want to, the court majority said.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/24/nyregion/24WIRE-PENALTY.html?hp

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