Last week, the possibility of a criminal defendant being sentenced to the death penalty was put before a federal jury in Detroit. The case involved a man who had been convicted of murdering an armored-truck courier and the jury was charged with deciding whether the defendant should be given the death sentence or life in prison.
The jury could not unanimously decide on either option so under the applicable law, the judge will automatically impose a sentence of life in prison without parole on the defendant.
The legal community followed this case with interest because it showed the contrast between federal law, which allows the possibility of a criminal defendant being sentenced to death for murder, and Michigan law, which forbids it.
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