No More ‘Playing God’: AL Blocks Judges in Applying Death Penalty

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Yellow Mama, originally colored with highway-stripe paint, was used for executions in Alabama from 1927 until 2002. Photo by Devlin Lucinda via Flickr

Unfortunately, Walter McMillian was not alive this week to witness hell freezing over in the Alabama State House in Montgomery.

Following the state Senate’s lead, the House of Representatives on Tuesday voted 78-19 to take away a judge’s longstanding option to reject a jury’s sentence and unilaterally impose a death sentence in capital . . .

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