Judicial Override Bill Heard in Committee

This week, the House Special Committee on Criminal Justice heard HB 1925, sponsored by Rep. Shamed Dogan (R-Ballwin). This bill would do away with the practice of allowing a judge to give a death sentence if the jury is deadlocked. Since 2013, there have been no jury decisions that have imposed a death penalty sentence, yet in that time there were two cases where the jury was deadlocked and the judge gave a sentence of death. Only two states, Indiana and Missouri, allow for a judicial override when the jury is deadlocked.

The MCC joined with numerous other witnesses in support of the bill. They reiterated that the right to a "jury of our peers" is guaranteed in the constitution and that a jury best represents the conscience of the community. The committee took no action on the bill.

March 6, 2020 - 11:14am
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