On Tuesday, April 11th, newly-sworn Governor Kay Ivey signed into law a bill, which eliminates judicial override in criminal sentencing. Meaning that Judges can no longer overrule a jury’s decision in regards to punishment –sentence a defendant to death if the jury imposed a life sentence. Prior to Tuesday, Alabama was the only state that still allowed for such override. The new bill means great things for those accused of capital crimes in Alabama.
The Executive Director of the Death Penalty Information Center, Robert Dunham, stated that the new law is “important and significant.” Dunham went on to say that “Judicial override has been responsible for some of the most unfair and most unreliable death sentences in America.” More work is yet to be done because Alabama is still the only state to allow a non-unanimous jury to impose the death penalty by a vote of 10-2. However, Tuesday’s events are definitely a step in the right direction.
HOW THE MAXWELL FIRM CAN HELP
When it comes to capital criminal cases, having an advocate that cares is essential. Capital, along with all criminal cases, require significant trial experience. We believe in our clients and we fight for justice. The Maxwell Law Firm has seasoned staff – from our attorneys to our investigators – and financial resources to aggressively defend criminal cases.
In a criminal case, it is especially important that a client finds an attorney they feel comfortable with, have confidence in and can fully trust. There will come a time when you must decide whether to resolve your case through a plea or take it to trial. At that point, confidence and trust in your attorney is essential. Over the years, The Maxwell Law Firm has helped numerous criminally accused take back their lives.