A single mitigating circumstance or a single factor creating reasonable doubt is enough to reduce the sentence of death to life imprisonment.
If an accused is imprisoned for a period equal to or longer than the period of life imprisonment while waiting to exhaust their legal remedies, then the expectancy of life can lead to reduction of sentence from death to life imprisonment.
The infliction of the death penalty is justified only when the murder is committed in an extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical, revolting, or dastardly manner, after consideration of any extenuating or mitigating circumstances.
Those with mental illness who are unable to comprehend the rationale and reason for their punishment cannot be sentenced to death.
The heinous nature of a crime does not affect a court’s right to appraise all evidence and to extend the accused the benefit of the doubt.