Summary: H.R.1878 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/31/1987)

Amends the Federal criminal code to establish procedures for the imposition of the death penalty.

Requires a separate hearing after a defendant is convicted of an offense for which death is a possible penalty. Sets forth requirements for notice to the defendant, the identity of the judge and the composition of the jury, and the presentation of evidence.

Prohibits a jury from recommending a death penalty unless it finds: (1) that at least one of a specified number of aggravating circumstances exists; and (2) that any such aggravating circumstance, together with all the evidence, outweighs any of a specified number of mitigating circumstances.

Authorizes a judge to impose a death sentence upon a jury's recommendation, or in the absence of a jury, upon the judge's own determination according the considerations under this Act. Specifies circumstances in which a judge shall impose a penalty other than a death sentence.

Provides for appeal and judicial review of a death sentence.

Prohibits the execution of a death sentence on a pregnant woman.

Amends the Controlled Substances Act to provide for the imposition of the death penalty for certain continuing criminal enterprise activities which result in death.