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Md. high court weighs constitutionality of victim-impact video

A defense attorney told a skeptical Maryland high court Friday that a videotaped, set-to-music victim-impact statement designed to stir a sentencing judge’s emotions violated a convicted double-murderer’s federal constitutional rights to due process and be free from arbitrary and capricious punishment. "A sentencing proceeding in a homicide case is not a memorial service for the victim,” ...

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