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Gov. Scott signs changes to death penalty sentencing system



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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