A blog of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section

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Posted: Apr 05, 2011 1:28 PM Updated: Apr 05, 2011 1:28 PM
By Myles Snyder – email

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation that would increase the likelihood that those who commit sexually violent murders face the death penalty.

House Bill 317 targets people who already are registered as a sex offender or sexually violent predator under Megan’s Law.

Rep. Kerry Benninghoff (R-Centre/Mifflin), who sponsored the legislation, said a sexually violent murder in combination with the Megan’s Law registration would be considered an “aggravating circumstance” for seeking the death penalty at sentencing.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

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