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SUPREME COURT-DEATH PENALTY
Court to decide if decision not to give jury instruction means new sentencing
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:50 PM EST
The Supreme Court is considering whether to give a new sentencing hearing to a man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and killing a 16-year-old girl in Kentucky.
A federal appeals court threw out his death sentence because a judge refused to tell the jury not to draw any conclusions about his choice not to take the stand at his 1998 capital sentencing hearing.
Justices are expected to make a decision sometime next year.