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Capital Punishment Law for Drug Cases Is Upheld

December 23, 1990|United Press International

CHICAGO — In the first test of the two-year-old law, a U.S. district judge late Friday upheld the federal statute that allows the imposition of the death penalty for drug-related killings.

A U.S. district judge rejected arguments that the statute was "impermissibly vague" or that it vested "unfettered discretion" in the hands of the government.

The ruling came in the trial of alleged drug dealer Alexander Cooper and Darnell Davis, who are accused of killing an informant.

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