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Texas Senate Passes Compromise Bill for Life Without Parole as An Alternative in Capital Cases

By Tom Lincoln

The Texas Senate has approved a compromise bill for Capital Sentencing. The previous proposed bill had 3 alternative sentences: death, life without parole, and life with parole. The compromise bill eliminates the option of life with parole. Since, reportedly, 78% of Texans wanted to have the option of life without parole (see our previous post), this should result in less death sentences being imposed in Texas, I think.  Previously, the only options were death or life with parole, with the DA's objecting to inclusion of an option of life without parole. I would have preferred to have all three options, but this is still a marked improvement over the previous status, which most likely pushed jurors to sentence to death persons they would have otherwise allowed to live if only there was a certainty they would not come out again...continue to full post

Full post as published by Puerto Rico Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers on April 14, 2005 (boomark / email).

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