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FL Senator Wants More 12-Member Juries

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.

Only five other states conduct felony proceedings with fewer than 12 jurors.  Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee) says Florida’s six member standard opens the door for too much variance when it comes to life sentences. 

“So that was the purpose of the bill,” Bracy explains.  “This is a bill I’ve had in the house for the last three years so I’m going to continue to put this bill forth.”

If Bracy’s measure passes all criminal proceedings other than life and death cases would continue using a six member jury.