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MEASURE ALTERING JURIES' DEATH PENALTY RULES LOSES

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Senate has defeated an amendment to a capital punishment bill that would have required Florida juries to recommend death sentences by no less than a 10-2 vote.

The Senate on Friday voted down the amendment to the Timely Justice Act (HB 7083) on a voice vote. Democratic Sen. Darren Soto says he was concerned over the number of people exonerated off of Florida's death row.

A jury now can recommend a death sentence by a simple 7-5 majority. The judge then decides the sentence.

Senators have not yet voted on the actual bill that aims to speed up executions.

The House passed the measure on Thursday.

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