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Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania

Docket No.: 01-7574
Certiorari Granted: Mar 18 2002
Argued: November 4, 2002
Decided: January 14, 2003

Topics:

Double Jeopardy, Criminal Procedure, Double Jeopardy, Bill of Rights, Double Jeopardy, Due Process, Eighth Amendment, Fifth Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, abuse of discretion, capital murder, criminal procedure, murder, privacy, res judicata

PartyNames: David Allen Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania
Petitioner: David Allen Sattazahn
Respondent: Pennsylvania

Court Below: Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, Eastern District
Citation: Pennsylvania Supreme Court, 763 A.2d 359. QUESTIONS PRESENTED I. Does the Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment bar imposition of thedeath penalty upon reconviction after an initial conviction, set aside on appeal, in which the trial court imposed a statutorily mandated life sentence when the capitalsentencing jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict? 2. Is a capital defendant's life and liber ty interest in the imposition of a life sentence by operation of state law, following a capital sentencing hearing in which the sentencing jury fails to reach a unani mous verdict, violated when his firstconviction is later overturned and the state seeks and obtains a death sentence on
Supreme Court Docket

David Allen Sattazahn
v.
Pennsylvania
537 U.S. 101 (2003)
Question:

Does either the Fifth Amendment's Double Jeopardy Clause or the Fourteenth Amendment's Due Process Clause bar a state from seeking the death penalty upon retrial where a statutory life sentence for murder was imposed after the jury was unable to agree on a sentence?

Sattazahn v. Pennsylvania
ORAL ARGUMENT

November 4, 2002

Holding: affirmed
Decision: Decision: 5 votes for Pennsylvania, 4 vote(s) against
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