Florida Senate approves requirement for unanimous jury in death penalty cases after State Supremes struck the unconstitutional law

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MICHAEL AUSLEN- TB Times

TALLAHASSEE — Eager to let prosecutors pursue the death penalty again, the Florida Senate acted quickly Thursday to pass a court-mandated fix to Florida’s sentencing law.

The measure requires all 12 members of a jury to approve a death sentence. If just one juror dissents, convicted murderers are sentenced to life in prison.

Last October, the Florida Supreme Court threw out the state’s death sentencing law, which required the jury to vote 10-2 in favor of capital punishment. In doing so, the justices forced the Legislature’s hand, requiring them to fix state law if they wanted to allow prosecutions to move forward in death cases.

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