Gov. Kay Ivey signs judicial override bill into law

Updated: Apr. 11, 2017 at 1:15 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - With the stroke of a pen, the judicial override law has come to an end in Alabama. On Tuesday, Gov. Kay Ivey signed the judicial override bill as her first official act as the state's chief executive officer.

The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Dick Brewbaker, R-Montgomery, takes away a judge's ability to override a jury. This will now allow juries to hand down the death penalty in a 10 to 12 vote.

Judicial override previously allowed judges to overturn a jury's verdict in a capital murder case from their recommendation of life without the possibility of parole to the death penalty, or the opposite.

Many believed judicial override injected politics into the death penalty. During election years where circuit judges were elected, some numbers showed overrides were higher.

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