Death Penalty

Nick Evans

Florida Governor Rick Scott has set a date for the execution of Michael Lambrix.

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It’s been more than a year and a half since Florida conducted an execution, but lethal injections are likely to resume Thursday evening.

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Executions are set to resume in August after Governor Rick Scott issued his first death warrant in more than a year and a half.

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The U.S. Supreme court’s silence on Florida’s appeal settles it:  capital cases in the state require unanimous jury sentences.  But many are dubious about how state courts are applying the standard to previously settled cases and state officials remain uncertain of how far the changes reach.

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The US Supreme Court is refusing to take up a further challenge in Florida’s precedent setting capital case Hurst v. Florida.

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The Florida Supreme Court has reversed the murder convictions of Ralph Wright Jr. Wright had been convicted of the 2007 murder of a Pinellas County woman and her son.

Governor Rick Scott.
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Governor Rick Scott is defending his decision to remove State Attorney Aramis Ayala from death penalty cases. Attorneys for Scott argue the Florida Supreme Court should dismiss Ayala’s claims that the governor unlawfully moved the cases to another prosecutor.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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More than 40 former judges and prosecutors are supporting State Attorney Aramis Ayala in her lawsuit against Governor Rick Scott. The lawsuit is a de facto political battle over the death penalty.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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The Florida Supreme Court is allowing the House to support Gov. Rick Scott in the lawsuit brought by Orlando prosecutor Aramis Ayala. Ayala has filed both a federal and state lawsuit against Scott.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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Florida lawmakers are again urging the governor to suspend a prosecutor who won’t pursue the death penalty. But constitutional lawyers argue Aramis Ayala’s actions don’t warrant removal. 

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Death penalty opponents rallied at Florida’s Capitol in support of Orlando State Attorney Aramis Ayala. Republican lawmakers are considering cutting her office’s budget due to her refusal to seek the death penalty in capital cases. But Ayala said a budget cut would hurt her office’s ability to prosecute crimes.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
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Lawyers, judges and professors are pushing back against Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reassign a death penalty case. The move comes after the Orlando State Attorney announced she won’t pursue capital punishment.

The FL Supreme Court took up arguments in this week in a high profile death penalty case.
Nick Evans

Florida lawmakers have approved a fix to the state’s death penalty sentencing system that if approved by Governor Scott, will require unanimous jury recommendations.

Then Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) debating on the House floor.
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The Florida Supreme Court is considering three capital cases after oral arguments in the past week.  Meanwhile the House and Senate are moving ahead with death penalty fixes.

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Nick Evans

Florida’s high court is giving the green light for death penalty prosecutions to proceed as statutory fixes near passage in the Legislature.

Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) is sponsoring a death penalty fix in the House.
Florida House of Representatives

Florida lawmakers seem likely to approve unanimous jury sentences for death penalty cases in the opening weeks of this year’s legislative session.  But some warn there could be another crisis around the corner.

Death Penalty Measure One Step Away In FL House

Feb 15, 2017
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A death penalty fix is moving to its final stop after gaining approval Wednesday.  The measure requires a unanimous jury sentence before imposing the death penalty.  But Polk county public defender Rex Dimmig warns Florida’s capital sentencing system is still on shaky ground.

Rep. Chris Sprowls (R-Palm Harbor) is sponsoring a death penalty fix in the House.
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Florida is on the cusp of joining nearly every other death penalty state in requiring a unanimous jury sentence.

Stetson law professor Michael Allen speaking to lawmakers.
Florida Channel

The Florida Legislature is preparing its response to a state Supreme Court decision requiring unanimous jury decisions for the death penalty.

Outgoing Justice James Perry is voicing opposition to the death penalty.
Nick Evans

Florida’s Supreme Court has wrestled with capital punishment all year.  On his way out the door, Justice James Perry is voicing his opposition to the death penalty.

Nationwide executions by year.
Death Penalty Information Center

The Death Penalty Information Center’s year-end report shows executions and capital sentences are continuing a steady march downward nationwide.

Nick Evans

Questions about Florida’s death penalty continue to swirl as the court considers four more cases.  The full impact of the Hurst v. Florida decision is far from settled.

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The Florida Supreme Court has blocked the death penalty for two men convicted of murder. 

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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled capital sentences in the state must be unanimous, and it has sent a death row inmate back to court for a new penalty hearing.

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Harvard’s Fair Punishment Project is highlighting a number of counties that are outliers in terms of capital sentencing.  Four of those counties are in Florida.

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