capital punishment

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala speaks with reporters about her decision to not pursue the death penalty during her administration.
Renata Sago / WMFE

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. 

Nick Evans

The Florida Supreme Court Tuesday took up a case that could spell trouble for the state’s new capital sentencing system.  The court is deciding whether Florida should require unanimous jury recommendations for the death penalty.

Lawmakers At Odds Over Death Penalty Reforms

Feb 9, 2016
The Florida Capitol Building from Adams Street
Steven Martin via Flikr / WFSU News

In its Hurst versus Florida ruling, the US Supreme Court found Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme unconstitutional. Now it’s up to the Florida Legislature to fix this system, but the question is how.