Supreme Court of the United States
Decided February 22, 1995
Justice O’Connor, For the Court
|Topic: Criminal Procedure*||Court vote: 8–1|
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|Citation: 513 U.S. 504||Docket: 93–7659||Audio: Listen to this case's oral arguments at Oyez|
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JUSTICE O'CONNOR delivered the opinion of the Court. Alabama law vests capital sentencing authority in the trial judge, but requires the judge to consider an advisory jury verdict. We granted certiorari to consider petitioner's argument that Alabama's capital sentencing statute is unconstitutional because it does not specify the weight the judge must give to the jury's recommendation and thus permits arbitrary imposition of the death penalty.
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