Defendants in death penalty murder cases do not have a constitutional right to use alibi evidence when they are sentenced by juries, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The justices said the Oregon Supreme Court was wrong when it extended the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment to allow defendants to present evidence of "residual doubt" to juries that had already found them guilty.
High Court Says Death Penalty Defendants Have No Right to Use Alibis at Sentencing
The Associated Press
February 23, 2006
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