Death Penalty

1 decade 2 years 9 months ago Monday, May 21 2007 May 21, 2007 Monday, May 21, 2007 9:45:28 AM CDT May 21, 2007 in News
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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court dismisses a Missouri death penalty case. At issue was whether a prosecutors' closing argument unfairly inflamed jurors and violated the defendant's constitutional rights. The high court's action sets aside the death sentence of William Weaver, who was convicted of a St. Louis County murder in 1987. The court said in an unsigned opinion that Missouri's appeal of lower federal court rulings that threw out the death sentence should not have been accepted because of procedural quirks. Missouri state courts had upheld the sentence. The prosecutor compared jurors to soldiers and said imposing the death penalty was like having the courage to kill in wartime.

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