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HB 502 - Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (74-24) - (Key vote)

Title: Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that expands death penalty eligibility to include accomplices in specific capital murder cases, whereas existing law reserves the death penalty only for the principle in the first degree.

Highlights:
-Expands death penalty eligibility to include both a principal in the second degree and an accessory before the fact in the following capital cases (Sec. 1):
    -Murder for hire; -Murder involving a continuing criminal enterprise; and -Murder involving an act of terrorism.
-Expands death penalty eligibility to include a principal in the second degree in all other cases of capital murder if he or she had the same intent as the principle in the first degree (Sec. 1). -Expands death penalty eligibility to include an accessory after the fact in all other cases of capital murder only if he or she ordered or directed the killing (Sec. 1). -Del. Delores McQuinn, recorded as not voting, intended to vote "Nay."
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Expanding Death Penalty Eligibility to Accomplices

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