DENVER — 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.


Information from: The Denver Post,