H.R.1878 - A bill to amend title 18, United States Code, to provide procedures for the imposition of the death penalty, and for other purposes.100th Congress (1987-1988)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Rinaldo, Matthew J. [R-NJ-7] (Introduced 03/31/1987)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary|
|Latest Action:||House - 11/18/1988 See H.R.5210. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.1878 — 100th Congress (1987-1988)All Information (Except Text)
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.