Sen. Randolph Bracy

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A panel of Florida lawmakers began a discussion this week to consider automatically restoring the civil rights of ex-felons who committed nonviolent crimes.

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A group of military veterans are calling on Florida Senate leaders to hear a bill that would increase penalties for defacing any Veterans memorial across the state.

Sarah Mueller

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.

Then Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) debating on the House floor.
Mark Foley via FL House website / Florida House of Representatives

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.

Then Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) debating on the House floor.
Mark Foley via FL House website / Florida House of Representatives

Most criminal juries In Florida consist of six members—12 are required only for capital cases.  But one lawmaker wants a larger panel for life sentence prosecutions.

Then Rep. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) debating on the House floor.
Mark Foley via FL House website / Florida House of Representatives

Senate Criminal Justice Chairman Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) wants a more permanent death penalty fix.  But his committee has little interest in revisiting such a contentious issue.

MGN Online

Will a Stand Your Ground-related bill starting to move through the legislature have a disproportionate impact on minorities? While opponents of the bill appear to think so, supporters insist the bill is “color blind.”

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

Florida is on the cusp of joining nearly every other death penalty state in requiring a unanimous jury sentence.