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Posted: Wednesday, 04 September 2013 8:54PM

'Hard 50' Bill Goes to Governor



     TOPEKA, Kan.  -  The Kansas Senate has sent Gov. Sam Brownback a bill revising a state law allowing 50-year sentences in certain murder cases to fix a constitutional flaw.
     The legislation requires juries rather than judges to decide if the facts of a case warrant a sentence of 50 years without parole.  Wednesday's 40-0 Senate came one day after the House approved the measure 122-0.
     Kansas legislators revised the so-called "Hard 50" law during a special session prompted by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a Virginia case. The high court ruled that giving judges the sole authority to determine whether to impose a mandatory minimum sentence was unconstitutional.
     Kansas adopted the "Hard 50" in 1999, replacing a mandatory 40-year sentence that had been in place since 1990.

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09/04/2013 8:59PM
'Hard 50' Bill Goes to Governor
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