PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have made drug or
human smugglers convicted of murder eligible for the death penalty.
Brewer said in a veto letter Thursday that the language in parts of House Bill
2313 was overly broad and vague and that broadening death penalty eligibility
would lead to a court challenge over its constitutionality.
The Republican-controlled Legislature approved the bill along party lines.
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.