Death Penalty

NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg reports on Monday's Supreme Court decision to further restrict the application of the death penalty in United States courts. The Court ruled seven to two that a jury, not a judge, must decide whether a defendant will be sentenced to death, or to life in prison. Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska and Arizona have state laws that allow judges to rule on "aggravating" factors, such as extreme brutality in a case.



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