Current Status Introducing Body:
SenateBill Number: 72Primary Sponsor: McConnellCommittee Number: 11Type of Legislation: JRSubject: Death penalty, ten or more jurors to decideResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: JudiciaryComputer Document Number: 436/12724SD.93Introduced Date: 19930112Last History Body: SenateLast History Date: 19930112Last History Type: Introduced, read first time, referred to CommitteeScope of Legislation: StatewideAll Sponsors: McConnell Wilson PassailaigueType of Legislation: Joint Resolution
Bill Body Date Action Description CMN Leg Involved ____ ______ ____________ ______________________________ ___ ____________ 72 Senate 19930112 Introduced, read first time, 11 referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 22 OF ARTICLE V OF THE CONSTITUTION OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1895, RELATING TO GRAND AND PETIT JURIES, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT TEN OR MORE MEMBERS INSTEAD OF ALL TWELVE MEMBERS OF A JURY SHALL VOTE IN FAVOR OF IMPOSING THE DEATH PENALTY WHERE A DEFENDANT HAS BEEN CONVICTED OF MURDER IN ORDER FOR THE DEATH PENALTY TO BE IMPOSED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. It is proposed that Section 22 of Article V of the Constitution of this State be amended by adding:
"Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, to impose the death penalty on a defendant convicted of murder, only ten or more members of the jury shall vote in favor of imposing the death penalty."
SECTION 2. The proposed amendment must be submitted to the qualified electors at the next general election for representatives. Ballots must be provided at the various voting precincts with the following words printed or written on the ballots:
"Must Section 22 of Article V of the Constitution of this State be amended so as to provide that ten or more members instead of all twelve members of a jury shall vote in favor of imposing the death penalty where a defendant has been convicted of murder in order for the death penalty to be imposed?
Those voting in favor of the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word `Yes', and those voting against the question shall deposit a ballot with a check or cross mark in the square after the word `No'."