"Judge refuses to declare death penalty unconstitutional," is the Denver Post report by Tom McGhee.
U.S. Senior District Judge John Kane on Wednesday denied a motion by lawyers of a Florence inmate who faces the death penalty to declare the federal death penalty law unconstitutional.
Gary Watland's lawyers argued that the "sentencing scheme is so incomprehensible that it deprives the jury of the ability to make a reasoned and informed choice between life and death." Watland allegedly stabbed a fellow inmate to death.
The government presented testimony by an expert who challenged the results of studies presented by the defense. Among the studies was one by the Capital Jury Project that found jurors do not understand instructions on death penalty sentencing given by the judge. It also most jurors decide the outcome of the penalty phase of a trial when they should still be concentrating on the defendant's guilt or innocence.
AP coverage is, "Judge rejects death penalty motion," via the San Francisco Chronicle.
U.S. Senior District Judge John Kane has denied a motion from lawyers of a Florence inmate who faces the death penalty to declare the federal death penalty law unconstitutional.
"Death penalty proposal due on marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev," is also from the Associated Press, via MassLive.
Federal prosecutors have refused to say whether they've recommended the death penalty for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-HAHR' tsahr-NEYE'-ehv) as a deadline approaches for them to send their proposal to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Prosecutors from the office of Massachusetts' U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz have said in court they planned to send their recommendation to Holder by Oct. 31.
They would not reveal their recommendation as the Thursday deadline approached. A spokeswoman for Ortiz says the Department of Justice's death penalty process is strictly confidential.
Prosecutors have said they expect Holder — who has the ultimate say — to make his decision by the end of January.