Unanimous Jury Resolution (2015)

Short Name: Unanimous Jury Resolution
Year Adopted: 2015
Meeting Where Adopted: Mid-Year
Policy Number: 2015 MY 108A
Subjects: Death Penalty, Sentencing, Juries

Resolution Text:

RESOLVED, That the American Bar Association urges all federal, state, and territorial governments, that impose capital punishment, and the military, to require that:                    

(1) Before a court can impose a sentence of death, a jury must unanimously recommend or vote to impose that sentence; and

(2) The jury in such cases must also unanimously agree on the existence of any fact that is a prerequisite for eligibility for the death penalty and on the specific aggravating factors that have each been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

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