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HB 85, 57th 1st C.S.
Relating to amending certain Articles of the Code of Criminal Procedure relating to providing that when the state seeks the death penalty the jury shall fix the punishment; providing that when the plea is not guilty the defendant shall be first tried on the issue of guilt or innocence of the offense charged without reference to the punishment to be imposed on such defendant; providing, further, for a separate hearing, upon a return of a verdict of guilty, as to the assessment of punishment; providing when the jury cannot agree as to the punishment or their verdict as to the punishment is set aside, the judge shall then assess the punishment.
Author: Donald K. Shipley
Criminal Procedure--Sentencing & Punishment
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