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Death penalty foes rip Coakley for signing brief

Martha Coakley said she was concerned about giving federal courts more discretion to review state court decisions. Martha Coakley said she was concerned about giving federal courts more discretion to review state court decisions.
By Matt Viser
Globe Staff / November 6, 2009

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Attorney General Martha Coakley, who says she is firmly against capital punishment, has drawn the ire of some death penalty opponents by urging the US Supreme Court to limit federal review of state court decisions, which opponents say could make it harder for defendants on death row to challenge their sentences. (Full article: 1140 words)

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