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

Alabama became the last state this week to abolish judicial overrides—a practice that has been used by judges to impose death sentences even when juries decided otherwise (and defended by Jeff Sessions, then the state’s AG.) Next problem: jury unanimity . . .

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