Pat Toomey Seeks Change to Death Sentencing Law

A new bill co-introduced by U. S. Senator, Pat Toomey, would give prosecutors another option to obtain death penalty sentences. Specifically, the bill would permit federal prosecutors to impanel a second jury for sentencing death penalty cases if the 1st jury does not reach a unanimous decision. “Eric’s Law”, named after Eric Williams, a federal corrections officer who was murded by an individual that received a second life in prison because one of the jurors would not vote for a death sentence. The bill is modeled after laws in California and Arizona.