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Florida Supreme Court rejects 25 Death Penalty appeals

25 men, including five convicted in Miami-Dade, had asked the Florida Supreme Court to toss their sentences. The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected appeals by 25 men on Death Row, including five from Miami-Dade, who claimed that their lawyers were ineffective in investigating their backgrounds before sentencing. The rulings were no surprise in the legal community after justices in December issued an opinion rejecting an appeal by a Pinellas County triple murderer who sought … Continue reading

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Symposium Advocates Unanimous Jury Verdicts in Death Penalty Cases

Convicted Killer Oba Chandler is set to be executed on Tuesday.  All twelve jurors unanimously agreed Chandler brutally murdered an Ohio woman and her two daughters and deserved death. But as Mike Vasilinda tells us, a panel of experts believes that Chandler is one of the rare cases in which all the jurors agreed. Oba Chandler’s jury found his crime so heinous, that all 12 jurors said he deserved to die. But even Ted Bundy’s … Continue reading

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Legal experts focus on Florida’s death penalty

Panel pushes for changes to capital punishment in Fla. TALLAHASSEE — A panel that included legal experts, academics and lawmakers on Monday renewed a push for changes to try to make Florida’s death penalty more just and prevent innocent people from being executed. Participants’ views about their chances of success ranged from hopeful to despairing in a state that leads the nation with 23 death row inmates who have been exonerated. “It seems to be … Continue reading

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Our Opinion: Flawed death-penalty processes need review

On Monday at Florida State University, the Center for the Advancement of Human Rights will host a forum meant to shift the conversation about capital punishment — from whether it’s good public policy to its fiscal implications and integrity. Five years ago, the American Bar Association released its Florida Death Penalty Assessment Team report, which raised serious concerns about the fairness and impartiality of Florida’s death penalty process. It called for a complete review of … Continue reading

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Legal experts focus on Florida’s death penalty

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Legal experts are renewing a push for changes in Florida’s death penalty to prevent innocent people from being executed. A panel including former Florida Supreme Court Justice Raoul Cantero, lawyers and legislators addressed that issue Monday at Florida State University’s law school in Tallahassee. State Sen. Thad Altman, a Viera Republican, said he hoped to at least get a hearing for his bill that would require jury recommendations for death sentences to … Continue reading

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Fla. lawmaker wants to bring back firing squads

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Saying it’s time to stop letting convicted killers “get off that easy,” a Florida state lawmaker wants to use firing squads or the electric chair for those on death row. Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill this week that would end the use of lethal injection in Florida executions. Instead, those with a death sentence would choose between electrocution or a firing squad. Drake, a Republican, said the idea came to him after … Continue reading

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