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S. 2264 (116th): Eric’s Law

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If only 11 out of 12 jury members vote to impose the death penalty, should a new jury be allowed to convene to potentially reach a unanimous and binding verdict?


Eric Williams, a 34-year-old correctional officer at a Pennsylvania prison, was stabbed and killed with a sharpened weapon by inmate Jessie Con-Ui in February 2013.

Although the jury unanimously found Con-Ui guilty, he was spared the death penalty by the 11–1 vote of a lone holdout, who said she couldn’t force herself to vote for death because her son was in jail.

Prosecutors and the victim’s father had sought the death penalty, and many felt the killer had essentially gotten away with it — although Con-Ui was already serving a life sentence for a gang-related murder in ...

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Patrick “Pat” Toomey

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Pennsylvania. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 25, 2019
Length: 3 pages
Jul 25, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 25, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.


5 Cosponsors (5 Republicans)



Jul 25, 2019

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S. 2264 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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