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.
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This I find wrong in appeal cases they have to make all grounds for appeal in the first twelve months after conviction. Most defendants are uneducated and don't have access to good legal advice, yet... more
You are so right! It embarrasses us as being Americans with these injustices and the death penalty. You never know for sure the person is guilty. That is why they need to ABOLISH the Death Penalty... more
Appeal courts are not the safeguard people think they are, I find most appeals never see the light of day unless the innocence group (or similar groups) are backing the claims or if public opinion is ... more
I have to agree Darlie Routiers case is full of holes. What the prosecutor did was attack Darlie has a mother I think that's what ultimately convicted Darlie...lies and more lies... Let's hope truth... more