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Death Row Appeals:
O'Dell v. Netherland
Argued: March 18, 1997 Decided: June 19, 1997
Vote: 5 to 4
At Issue: Whether a defendant sentenced to death may challenge the sentence by presenting information showing ineligibility for parole that was not given to the jury.

Decision: The Court ruled to restrict the ability of death row prisoners to challenge sentences on the basis that jurors were not told they could instead give a life sentence without parole.

Read the full text of the O'Dell v. Netherland decision at the FindLaw Internet Legal Resources Web site.


Background from The Post
Court Continues Tightening Curbs on Death Row Appeals (June 20, 1997)
High Court Affirms Right to Hearing Under State's System of 'Pre-Parole' (March 19, 1997)


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