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aggravate

 [ag´rah-vāt″]
to cause a patient's condition to deteriorate.
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the class of death-eligible defendants, those aggravators effectively were elements for federal constitutional purposes, and so were subject to the procedural requirements the Constitution attaches to trial of elements.
262) For instance, Category B, Prior Murder Conviction, contains three subcategories for additional aggravating factors,(263) but prosecutors and juries consider a prior murder conviction sufficient in itself to support the death penalty, whether or not there are additional aggravators.
Moreover, not only does the future dangerousness aggravator transfer responsibility to an expert, it also makes what is essentially a moral decision look like a scientific one.
In response, some Justices in the Apprendi majority suggested that trial courts bifurcate trials to keep juries from learning of aggravators until after they convict of the base crime.
Second, the prosecutor must perceive the price of trial on the aggravator to be so costly after Apprendi that he will now wield this threat to try to avoid that trial, even though he would not have done so before Apprendi.
Under most sentencing schemes, aggravators elevate a defendant to the death-eligible pool; mitigators tend to weigh in favor of a lesser sentence.
In Simmons, the old South Carolina sentencing scheme operated such that when a capital jury found that a statutory aggravator had been proven, it then had to choose between a sentence of life imprisonment or death.
59) Because the sentencing instructions given by the trial judge did not sufficiently channel the jury's efforts, "the Jury's interpretation of [the vileness aggravator defined in the statute could] only be the subject of sheer speculation.
Some of the other common statutory aggravators also include whether the defendant had a prior conviction for murder, whether the murder was committed for money, whether the murder was "outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible or inhumane" or "heinous, atrocious, cruel, or depraved.
But for clarity's sake, it's worth noting that minority plays a second role in California's sex crimes provisions, functioning as an aggravator where the sex in question would be criminal in any case.
Coleman is 63-24-5 for the Aces all-time; former IceCats aggravator Tyson Nash is in his fourth season as a TV analyst for the Coyotes.
Snelling, and the Cruelty Prong of the (F)(6) Aggravator, 53 ARIZ.