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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Clarification wanted on murky law surrounding bribes and campaign contributions

By Bill Britt
Alabama Political Reporter

MONTGOMERY—U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson who presided over Alabama’s two gambling corruption trials issued an opinion saying that even though the trials ended with total acquittals for the eight defendants, he wanted to “highlight a murky field of federal law.”

He wrote that there is “considerable confusion” about how federal corruption laws apply to campaign contributions, saying a precise definition of bribery would help. Thompson expressed a wish that the US Supreme Court would offer some clarity on political corruption and bribery.
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