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Court overturns Alabama inmate's death sentence
Mon Dec 19, 2011 7:45pm
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A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence given to an Alabama death row inmate for the 1979 shooting of a county sheriff in Alabama.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday overturned the death sentence given to 60-year-old Billy Joe Magwood for the 1979 shooting death of Coffee County Sheriff Neil Grantham.

The appeals court said Alabama's law when Grantham was killed did not make killing a law enforcement officer a death penalty offense. Magwood had argued that the law was later changed to make murder of a law enforcement officer an aggravating offense for jurors to use in determining if someone should be sentenced to death.

Officials in the Alabama Attorney General's office had not decided Monday if they would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/article/20111219/NEWS/111219038/Court-overturns-Alabama-inmate-s-death-sentence-?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFrontpage

  • read the opinion hereBritta, Thu Jun 24 9:14pm
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/33502515/No-09-158-Magwood-v-Patterson
    • Court overturns Alabama inmate's death sentence — Britta, Mon Dec 19 7:45pm
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