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The bill would have amended the current Georgia Code regarding sentencing procedures in criminal trials. The bill would have modified the number of juror votes required to impose a death sentence in death penalty cases. The bill would only have affected the sentencing phase of criminal trials, not the guilt-innocence phase. The bill sought to provide judges with the ability to sentence defendants to either life imprisonment, life without parole, or death, when ten members of the jury vote for death as the sentence. The amendment would have changed the law from requiring a unanimous jury vote for the death penalty to allowing a ten-member vote of the jury to be sufficient to sentence a defendant to death.

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