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The form has multiple sections, including a section on “aggravating factor
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cially heinous, cruel, or depraved manner” and whether he’s shown no remorse, and a section on “mitigation fa
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s had on others “sufficiently outweigh the mitigating factors”, according to the penalty-phase form.
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future dangerousness referred to while Christensen was in prison or if he were free or had never been caught. Th
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On Thursday, the jury asked how the number of jurors who found a mitigating factor to exist could be used after the trial.
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“We need help,” the jury then said in a message to the court on Thursday, asking the judge about what would happen if they c
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Zhidong, a Chicago-based lawyer who represents Zhang’s family, told China Daily after the sentencing.
“But we have to know that it’s very difficult to seek the death penalty in federal court,” Wang said, adding that jur
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Since the reinstatement of the federal death penalty in 1988, 78 people have been sentenced to death — but only three ha
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Zhang was last seen alive on June 9, 2017, getting into Christensen’s black Saturn Astra on the University of Illinois campus in Urbana
after she missed a bus to an appointment. The two did not previously know each other.