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DC sniper's lawyers argue against death sentence in Virginia high court

[JURIST] Lawyers for convicted DC sniper John Allen Muhammad have told the Virginia Supreme Court that Muhammad cannot be sentenced to death because he did not pull the trigger in the 2002 killings. As reported on JURIST's Paper Chase, Muhammad received the death penalty after being convicted of two counts of capital murder. In arguments before the state high court, defense lawyer Peter Greenspun argued that the Virginia law allows the death penalty only for triggerman in cases like Muhammad's. Prosecutors have said that Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo formed a sniper team and are equally culpable. The Virginia Supreme Court has briefs filed in the appeal. AP has more.

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