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Md. high court to decide who sentences murderers to life in prison

Maryland’s top court will consider whether the General Assembly – in its zeal to repeal capital punishment in 2013 – truly left it for juries rather than judges to decide whether a convicted first-degree murderer deserves the state’s new ultimate punishment, life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Md. legislators on standby as murder sentencing scheme faces constitutional challenge

Since lawmakers repealed the death penalty in 2013, life in prison without the possibility of parole has become the most severe criminal penalty an individual can face in Maryland. Unlike the death penalty, however, life without parole has no standards ...

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Justices hear judicial-bias claim in death-row case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday appeared likely to rule that a Philadelphia district attorney-turned-state high court judge should not have taken part in the case of a prison inmate whose death-penalty prosecution he had personally approved nearly 30 ...

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