"Attorney General Luther Strange seeks to quicken the pace of executions in Alabama," is the report by Kim Chandler at AL.com.
Attorney General Luther Strange is seeking to accelerate the pace of death penalty appeals in Alabama, noting decades can go by before inmates see the execution chamber.
Strange said a bill to streamline the death penalty appeals process will be a top priority for him in the upcoming legislative session.
“It shouldn’t take decades through the appeals process to get justice for families,” Strange said in an interview.
The attorney general said death penalty appeals in Alabama currently “seem endless with excessive delays that serve only to prolong pain and postpone justice for the victims of these heinous crimes.”
Strange is announcing his legislative agenda today in a series of press conferences around the state.
He is also backing proposals that would make it a capital offense to kill someone at a school or day care and also to give state law enforcement the power to do wiretaps during murder, drug and other certain investigations.
The proposed legislation, dubbed The Fair Justice Act, would run both sets of appeals simultaneously. Capital defendants would be required to file Rule 32 petitions within 180 days of filing their first direct appeal.
Strange said the proposal is similar to what Texas and Virginia have done.
Earlier coverage from Alabama begins at the link.