Arise legislative update: Alabama House panel debates, takes no action on bill to send death penalty appeals straight to state Supreme Court

A House committee heard testimony but did not vote Wednesday on a bill that would create an "express lane" for executions in Alabama. The plan would send death penalty appeals directly to the state Supreme Court, bypassing the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals. Chief Justice Roy Moore and many other criminal justice stakeholders testified against the bill. This legislative update highlights their reasons for opposition and the proposal's future prospects.

Read ACPP policy analyst Stephen Stetson's legislative update here.

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