PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature has approved a bill that could make
human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty, sending it
to Gov. Jan Brewer for action.
The House approved the bill on a 36-23 vote on Tuesday. The Senate approved
House Bill 2313 with a 19-9 vote earlier in the day.
The bill by Republican Rep. Justin Pierce of Mesa adds smuggling or
participating in or assisting a human smuggling organization to the list of
crimes eligible for the death penalty.
It also requires a judge to consider whether it is likely that a defendant
would commit another crime and that he or she is a threat to society.