death sentences Alabama http://apr.org en Alabama AG Seeks Shorter Appeals In Capital Cases http://apr.org/post/alabama-ag-seeks-shorter-appeals-capital-cases <p></p><p>Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says one of his goals for the legislative session starting Tuesday is to shorten the appeal time in death penalty cases.</p><p>At news conferences across the state, the Republican attorney general said going through a capital murder trial and all the appeals can take nearly two decades.</p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 22:09:51 +0000 The Associated Press 44609 at http://apr.org Alabama AG Seeks Shorter Appeals In Capital Cases Justice Sotomayor Faults Ala. Death Sentences http://apr.org/post/justice-sotomayor-faults-ala-death-sentences <p>Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is calling attention to an Alabama law that allows judges to impose death sentences after juries have voted to send defendants to prison for life.</p><p>Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer were the only two justices who voted Monday to hear an appeal from a death row inmate who was convicted of killing a Montgomery, Ala., police officer. Sotomayor took the unusual step of issuing a dissent from the court's order rejecting the appeal of defendant Mario Woodward.</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 22:55:26 +0000 The Associated Press 41828 at http://apr.org Justice Sotomayor Faults Ala. Death Sentences