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The Gainesville paper says Florida should at least push pause on its killings in Starke

A potential pit stop on the way to something more permanent. From yesterday's take from up I-75:

Florida has a particular problem with wrongful convictions. The state leads the nation in death-row exonerations with two dozen since 1979, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.

Last year, Florida was second in the nation in both the number of executions (7) and death sentences (15). Gov. Rick Scott also signed into law the Timely Justice Act. While there are legal questions about its actual effect, its intent was to speed the rate of executions.

This comes in a state that is also notable for making it as easy as possible for juries to issue death sentences. Florida and Delaware and the only two states where a simple majority can recommend death. Other death penalty states except for Alabama, which requires 10 or 12 jurors to recommend death, require a unanimous verdict.

Yet Florida lawmakers this session again failed to pass a bipartisan measure that would require a unanimous verdict for a death sentence.

[Last modified: Monday, May 5, 2014 11:22am]


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