Governor Proposes Mandatory Execution Despite Precedent

1 decade 2 years 6 months ago Friday, January 26 2007 Jan 26, 2007 Friday, January 26, 2007 4:37:58 PM CST January 26, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Governor Blunt wants Missouri to create a mandatory death penalty for criminals who murder a police officer or prison guard. But the US Supreme Court ruled in 1976 that other states' mandatory death penalty laws were unconstitutional, and it has not reversed course. Missouri apparently would be the only one in the nation to try to impose a mandatory death penalty, though 38 states have capital punishment laws. So the governor's office softened the tone today. A spokeswoman now says the proposal would allow criminals a chance to prove other circumstances that should spare their lives. Another hurdle is that a federal judge has effectively blocked Missouri from carrying out executions.

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