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2020 SPECIAL SESSION I

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SB 5007 Criminal cases; sentencing reform.

Introduced by: Joseph D. Morrissey | all patrons    ...    notes | add to my profiles

SUMMARY AS PASSED SENATE: (all summaries)

Criminal cases; sentencing reform. Provides that in a criminal case the court shall ascertain the extent of the punishment unless the accused has requested that the jury ascertain punishment or was found guilty of capital murder. The bill also provides that if a jury cannot agree on a punishment, the court shall fix punishment. The bill provides that the attorney for the Commonwealth may not demand a jury trial when an order declaring a judicial emergency has suspended criminal jury trials.


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