Death to judicial override

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By Joey Kennedy
Alabama Political Reporter

During my years as an editorial writer for The Birmingham News, I spent much of that time opposed to the death penalty. The death penalty should be abolished; clearly, innocent people have been killed by the State of Alabama. A number have been released from Death Row after being exonerated at some point, barely dodging the electric chair or, now, the needle.

Eventually, my colleagues and I wrote

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Brewbaker bill will end judicial override in capital murder cases

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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,&#8221

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Brewbaker Sponsor’s Historic Innocence Commission

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By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—State Sen. Dick Brewbaker (R-Montgomery) has introduced a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would create an Innocence Inquiry Commission.

In 2002, North Carolina was the first state to establish an Innocence Commission to rehear cases where the accused and their advocates claim wrongful conviction.

dick-brewbakerNorth Carolina created its commission after several people in high-profile cases had

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Strange Blasts US Supreme Court Ruling

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

For decades, in serious cases, Alabama Courts have allowed prosecutors to trial juvenile defendants as adults. The Supreme Court eventually ruled that it was cruel and unusual punishment to execute persons for crimes committed when they were under 18 years of age. Now that has been expanded to include life sentences. On Monday, January 25, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) blasted

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Byrne Comments on Pope’s Address to Congress

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, September 24, Pope Francis addressed a rare joint session of both Houses of the US Congress.  Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) issued a statement in response to Pope Francis’s speech to the joint session of Congress.

US Representative Byrne said, “As one of the most influential moral leaders in the world, it was an honor to welcome Pope Francis to the Capitol for today’s

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ACLU of Alabama Challenges the Proposed “Fair Justice Act”

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MONTGOMERY—The ACLU of Alabama, Project Hope to Abolish the Death Penalty in Alabama, the NAACP, and the Equal Justice Initiative confronted a Joint House and Senate hearing today regarding the proposed “Fair Justice Act” that would erroneously accelerate the death penalty appeals process and create greater room for serious judicial error.

“Bill supporters claim that the current appeals process takes a long time. 

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Strange Qualifies for Reelection, Talks With Us About Issues

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Qualifying for State office began early on Monday, January 13, 2014. Numerous candidates have paraded through Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Hoover to file the necessary paperwork to run as Republicans in the June 3 Republican Primary.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange (R) was one of the first candidates to qualify. Attorney General Strange is seeking a second term as Alabama’s

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Birmingham Attorney Richard Jaffe Comments on Executions of the Retarded

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ recently discussed the status of the death penalty with attorney Richard Jaffe. Jaffe is one of Alabama’s leading criminal defense attorneys, particularly in death penalty cases.

Mr. Jaffe said that in the 2002 case of Atkins versus the State of Virginia the U.S. Supreme Court has banned the executions of prisoners who are “mentally retarded”

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Author and Criminal Defense Attorney Opposes Death Penalty

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Richard S. Jaffe is the Senior Partner of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe & Drennan, P.C.  Mr. Jaffe specializes in the areas of criminal defense and especially cases involving the death penalty.  He is currently advocating ending the death penalty in Alabama and the United States while also promoting his book, ‘Quest for Justice: Defending the Damned.’

Mr. Jaffe has been

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