Brewbaker bill will end judicial override in capital murder cases

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

In Alabama, even when a jury recommends someone only receive life in prison, a trial judge in a capital murder case can ignore that recommendation and impose the death penalty. Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) wants to change this practice, known as “judicial override.”

“The US Supreme Court has made it pretty clear that they do not like it and think this is a bad practice,” said Brewbaker in a phone interview with The Alabama Political Reporter. “Now that Delaware and Florida have gotten rid of it, Alabama is the only state that still practices it.”
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More Reaction to Baton Rouge Police Slayings

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, July 17 a peaceful Sunday morning in the south was violently disrupted when heavily armed militants ambushed the Baton Rouge police department. Three officers and a militant were killed in the ensuing gun battle. Three other officers were wounded in the fighting. People across Alabama mourned the loss of the law enforcement officers along with the people of Louisiana.
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Alabama Reacts to Attack on Police in Baton Rouge

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Sunday, July 17, 2016: Three police officers are dead in Baton Rouge, Louisiana after another attack by militants. Four other officers were hit in the gun battle, that someone later posted a video of on the internet. One militant was also killed, and as of press time, authorities were searching for two additional suspects dressed in fatigues or all in black. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley (R) and other Alabama leaders expressed their sadness at the tragic loss of life.
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