Bill Status of HB4618 102nd General Assembly
Short Description: REINSTATES DEATH SENTENCE
Rep. John D. Cavaletto
| 12/3/2014||House||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Reinstates the death penalty for certain types of murder. Enacts the Capital Crimes Litigation Act of 2014. Provides that all unobligated and unexpended moneys remaining in the Death Penalty Abolition Fund on the effective date of the amendatory Act shall be transferred into the Capital Litigation Trust Fund. Amends the Criminal Code of 2012 relating to first degree murder. Provides a factor in aggravation for imposition of the death penalty for a murder committed with exceptionally brutal or heinous behavior indicative of wanton cruelty (rather than this type of murder must be of a victim under 12 years of age or victim 60 years of age or older). Amends the Code of Criminal Procedure of 1963. Eliminates provision that abolishes the sentence of death. Amends the State Appellate Defender Act. Provides that in cases in which a death sentence is an authorized disposition, the State Appellate Defender shall provide trial counsel with legal assistance and the assistance of expert witnesses, investigators, and mitigation specialists from funds appropriated to the State Appellate Defender specifically for that purpose by the General Assembly. Provides that the Office of State Appellate Defender shall not be appointed to serve as trial counsel in capital cases.