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Md. Court Upholds Standard For Death Penalty

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has ruled that the standard jurors use in deciding whether to impose the death penalty is constitutional.

The Daily Record of Baltimore reports that the Court of Appeals, by a 4-3 vote on Tuesday, disagreed with Jody Lee Miles’ claim that the process for weighing the circumstances of the crime is unconstitutional in Maryland, because it doesn’t use the court’s highest threshold of certainty.

Miles was sentenced to death for the 1997 robbery and murder of theater manager Edward Atkinson of Salisbury. He is one of five men on death row in Maryland.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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