Florida Death Penalty update

http://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/2016/02/01/floridas-death-penalty-legal-spotlight/79474444/

The United States Supreme Court struck down the way Florida has imposed the death penalty (a separate jury proceeding after the guilt-phase of the murder trial, those jurors making a recommendation to the judge for or against the death sentence – which did not have to be unanimous, and then the judge weighing and ratifying their decision – or not). 

The process was deemed a violation of the right to a jury trial because of the involvement of the judge in that last part of the process.

The idea is that, as is the jury’s decision on guilt, the decision on the death sentence should be unanimous and without judge involvement.

Now, the Florida Supreme Court and Legislature have to figure out what to do…