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Judge rejects defense's requests to dismiss case or opt for life term

By Nelson Daranciang

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 26, 2014

~~<p>Saying the request &quot;carries no common sense,&quot; the judge in the Naeem J. Williams death penalty trial refused Wednesday to declare a mistrial over the jury's inability to reach a verdict on the former Schofield Barracks soldier's sentence after six days of deliberation.</p>
<p>U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright also rejected a request from defense lawyers for him, rather than the jury, to decide that the sentence should be life in prison rather than death.</p>
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Saying the request "carries no common sense," the judge in the Naeem J. Williams death penalty trial refused Wednesday to declare a mistrial over the jury's inability to reach a verdict on the former Schofield Barracks soldier's sentence after six days of deliberation.

U.S. District Judge J. Michael Seabright also rejected a request from defense lawyers for him, rather than the jury, to decide that the sentence should be life in prison rather than death. Login for more...



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