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Nancy Gertner On New Jury Selection For Gary Lee Sampson07:00
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In this 2004 file photo, Gary Lee Sampson, center, is escorted into Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Jim Cole/AP)MoreCloseclosemore
In this 2004 file photo, Gary Lee Sampson, center, is escorted into Hillsborough County Superior Court in Nashua, New Hampshire. (Jim Cole/AP)

Today, 13 years after he became the the first defendant ever sentenced to death in federal court in Massachusetts, Gary Lee Sampson returned to court for a new sentencing trial.

Back in 2003, Sampson pleaded guilty to the stabbing murders of two men in the course of two separate carjackings in 2001, and jurors in the case unanimously chose the death penalty as his sentence.

But in 2011, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf overturned that sentence, because one of the jurors lied during jury selection. So now the court will seat a new jury, tasked with deciding Sampson's fate once again.

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Nancy Gertner, former Massachusetts federal judge, senior lecturer on law at Harvard Law School and WBUR legal analyst.

This segment aired on September 14, 2016.

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