DENVER (AP) - U.S. Senior District Judge John Kane has denied a motion from lawyers of a Florence inmate who faces the death penalty to declare the federal death penalty law unconstitutional.
According to the Denver Post, Gary Watland's lawyers argued the sentencing procedures deprive a jury of the ability to make an informed choice between life and death.
Defense attorneys contended that jurors sometimes don't understand the instructions given by a judge.
Watland is accused of killing a fellow inmate during a struggle between white supremacist gangs seeking to control the yard at a federal prison in Florence in 2008.
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