Friday, March 19, 2010

Idaho High Court Upholds 6 Death Sentences

The Idaho Supreme Court upheld the death sentences of 6 inmates who claim that they were sentenced to death by judges and not juries as required by the United States Supreme Court.  In 2002 the United States Supreme Court held that only juries, and not judges, can sentence them to death.  The Idaho Supreme Court acknowledged the ruling but held that since all 6 had been convicted prior to 2002, and their cases appealed prior to the 2002 Supreme Court ruling, the 2002 Supreme Court ruling cannot be applied retroactively to their cases.  All 6 were sentenced to death after being convicted of first-degree murder.  Some have been convicted of multiple murders.  All 6 are still appealing their cases.

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