Innocence and Override

8th August, 2016

Alabama’s practice of judicial override, through which an elected judge can impose a death sentence even where the jury voted for life, is facing increasing scrutiny for diminishing the role of juries and allowing political pressure to affect capital cases. 

On August 8, 2016, SCHR attorneys Patrick Mulvaney and Katie Chamblee published an essay in The Yale Law Journal Forum advancing an additional argument against override: it increases the risk of wrongful executions.

To read the essay, click here



New York Times: When Juries Say Life and Judges Say Death