AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
SECTION OF CIVIL RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE DEATH PENALTY DUE PROCESS REVIEW PROJECT DEATH PENATLY REPRESENTATION PROJECT
The Constitutional Crisis with Florida’s Death Penalty Post-Hurst and Its Implications for Additional States
In January 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Hurst v. Florida, holding that Florida’s death penalty sentencing scheme violated the Sixth Amendment’s right to trial by a jury. This ruling, which now requires that a jury – rather than a judge – make the important factual determinations of whether the defendant should be sentenced to death, brought an immediate halt to executions in Florida, led to extensive subsequent litigation in state courts, and has made uncertain the fate of many defendants still on death row and in pending cases. Please join us for a discussion on the varied implications – both expected and unexpected – of the Hurst decision on the future implementation of the death penalty in Florida and several other states around the country, including Alabama, Delaware, and elsewhere. Expert panelists will also discuss whether and how this important decision fits within the broader and changing landscape of capital punishment nationally.
Friday, February 3, 2017 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Miami Lecture Hall (3rd Floor) Hyatt Regency Miami Miami, FL
- Martha Barnett, Senior Partner (Ret.), Holland & Knight; ABA President (2000-2001)
- The Honorable O.H. Eaton Jr., Judge (Ret.), 18th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Karen Gottlieb, Co-Director, Florida Center for Capital Representation, Florida International University Law School
- Martin McClain, Florida capital post-conviction attorney who litigated Hurst retroactivity before the Florida Supreme Court
If you are interested in attending and you are not registered for the ABA Mid-Year Meeting, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.