Supreme Court rejects challenge to Arizona death penalty law

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Abel Daniel Hidalgo (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) Abel Daniel Hidalgo (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
Abel Daniel Hidalgo (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections) Abel Daniel Hidalgo (Source: Arizona Department of Corrections)
Abel Daniel Hidalgo (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo) Abel Daniel Hidalgo (Source: 3TV/CBS 5 file photo)
WASHINGTON (AP) -

The Supreme Court is rejecting a challenge to Arizona's death penalty law.

The justices on Monday let stand the convictions and death sentences of Abel Daniel Hidalgo. He's in a federal prison in Arizona serving life sentences for two other killings committed on an Indian reservation in Idaho.

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Hidalgo says the law doesn't sufficiently narrow eligibility for a death sentence.

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Arizona law includes 14 aggravating circumstances that prosecutors can put forward to justify a death sentence. Jurors then deliberate between a sentence of death or life in prison.

[ONLINE: Hidalgo's Arizona Department of Corrections record]

The court's four more liberal justices say they would be willing to take up the issue Hidalgo raised but in a different case in which lower courts could more thoroughly explore it first.

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