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Gazette Premium Content Judge rejects death penalty motion for Florence inmate

The Associated Press Updated: October 31, 2013 at 6:48 am

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 (http://tinyurl.com/ndfg7tt ), 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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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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