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August 14, 2013

Michael A. Smith: Special session will test leadership

Gov. Sam Brownback has called for a special session of the Legislature starting Sept. 3. It will be the first since 2005. At issue is the so-called Hard 50 law allowing judges to impose a 50-year prison sentence without parole or probation to those convicted of crimes deemed particularly heinous. Ruling on a similar Virginia law, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that juries, not judges, should decide the sentences.

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