ATLANTA (AP) The legislation from Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Preston Smith passed unanimously Tuesday.
Under current law, prosecutors may not obtain a sentence of life
without parole unless they first seek the death penalty. Smith, a
Rome Republican, says such capital trials are time-consuming and
Life without parole is already an option for prosecutors in rape
Smith says the bill has the support of prosecutors but that
lawyers in the defense community are split on the change.
The bill now moves to the state House.
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