Conflict arises over sentence for Ala. juveniles
May 23, 2013 20:16 GMT
By BOB JOHNSON Associated Press
MONTGOMERY, Ala.-- (AP) -- The sentence a juvenile who has been convicted of capital murder should receive is currently up in the air. That's because of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling and failure of the Alabama Legislature to deal with the issue.
One of the state's leading defense attorneys in capital cases, Richard Jaffe of Birmingham, says he does not feel it's necessary for the Alabama Legislature to deal with the issue. He says in many cases, the question of sentencing can be answered by the parole board or judge and new legislation is unnecessary.
But Republican Sen. Cam Ward, of Alabaster, who sponsored the legislation that failed in the last session, says lawmakers felt it necessary to deal with the issue to avoid conflict with the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision.
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