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4:41 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

House Moves To Eliminate Trials For Guilty Plea

A bill in the Alabama House aims to streamline ourtroom procedures in cases where the defendant has entered a guilty plea.

Alabama House members have moved forward with a bill to streamline courtroom procedures in cases where the defendant has entered a guilty plea.


Rep. Chris England of Tuscaloosa told fellow members of the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday that the three-day trial procedure in the Amy Bishop case cost the state nearly $500,000.


A hearing known as a "mini-trial" is held when a defendant will not face the death penalty. In those cases, the hearing serves no legal purpose.

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