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Gov. Scott signs changes to death penalty sentencing system

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Gov. Rick Scott on Monday signed into law changes to Florida's death penalty sentencing system in an effort to bring the state in line with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. The bill (HB 7101) requires juries to have a greater say in death penalty cases and requires that at least 10 of 12 jurors must agree on a recommendation to impose a death sentence.

"It is my solemn duty to uphold the laws of Florida and my foremost concern is always for the victims and their loved ones," Scott said in a statement. "I hope this legislation will allow families of these horrific crimes to get the closure they deserve."

[Last modified: Monday, March 7, 2016 11:44am]

    

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