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This Article covers death penalty decisions from the Georgia Supreme Court for the period from January 1, 1999 to May 31, 2000. It primarily discusses direct appeal decisions but reaches cases in a few other settings as well. This Article does not discuss holdings in capital cases that are common to all criminal appeals but is limited to death penalty law. Recent developments in Georgia death penalty law are considered in the order they would appear in a capital trial. In the period covered by this Article, the Georgia Supreme Court considered thirteen death sentences imposed in superior courts following a trial, one capital resentencing, one opinion following a remand on jury misconduct claims, and one interim appeal. On October 1, 2000, 135 men and one woman were on the Georgia death row. On May 31, 2000, eighty-one cases were pending statewide in which the district attorney had filed a Notice of Intent to Seek Death.