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Capitol punishment banned in some cases?

May 2, 2001
By: Jenny Hoff
State Capital Bureau

While capitol punishment is a still a hotly debated issue, a bill could pass that would ban using it on certain people. Jenny Hoff has more from the State Capitol.

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Mentally retarded criminals might not have to face execution as a possible punishment.

Representative Ralph Monaco-D of Raytown says its not fair that capitol punishment could be used on individuals not in complete control of their actions.

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Contents: Monaco says the Supreme Court is even looking at this issue, as it may violate the 8th ammendment-no cruel and unusual punishment.

The bill would also set up a two part procedure in the court that would determine who is mentally retarded. From Jefferson City, this is Jenny Hoff...KMOX news.