Florida Supreme Court Requires Juries Be Unanimous to Impose Death Penalty

Posted: October 17, 2016 | Categories: Violent Crimes

Florida’s ongoing controversy over the death penalty is coming to a head with a new ruling from the Florida Supreme Court. On October 14, the state Supreme Court mandated new legislation to require a unanimous jury to sentence a defendant to death. What changes is the Supreme Court making to the death penalty? The change…


Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties “Outliers” in Use of Death Penalty

Posted: October 17, 2016 | Categories: Violent Crimes

A new report from Harvard University’s Fair Punishment Project lists Pinellas and Hillsborough counties among the top 16 in the U.S. in death penalty sentences. Two other Florida counties, Miami-Dade and Duval, also made the list. The report tracked criminal convictions from 2010 to 2015. During that time span, each of the 16 counties listed…


Florida Supreme Court Considering Death Penalty & Open Carry Laws

Posted: June 9, 2016 | Categories: Gun Crimes, Violent Crimes

This week, the Florida Supreme Court is considering cases that could shape the state’s death penalty law as well as its ban on the open carry of firearms in public. Court Considers Whether New Death Penalty Law Applies to Pending Cases On Tuesday, the justices heard arguments regarding the constitutionality of its new death penalty…


Changes to Florida Death Penalty Law

Posted: March 25, 2016 | Categories: Violent Crimes

The Florida death penalty law has recently undergone major reforms that leave matters up in the air for current inmates on Death Row. In Hurst v. Florida (March 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that certain aspects of Florida’s death penalty sentencing system were unconstitutional. As such, capital punishment in the state had been on…