SOUTH DAKOTA (USA): LEGISLATURE PASSES LIMIT ON INMATE APPEALS
February 22, 2012: The South Dakota Legislature has voted 60-5 to approve a measure aimed at preventing death-row inmates from filing repeated appeals in an effort to delay their executions. The bill has already been passed by the Senate. It will become law if signed by Gov. Dennis Daugaard.
Attorney General Marty Jackley proposed the measure, saying limits are needed in death-penalty cases because some cases are tied up in appeals for 2 decades.
The bill says convicts who lose their 1st direct appeal can only file 1 additional appeal in most cases. (Source: Associated Press, 22/02/2012)