Years of struggle have led to unprecedented openings and new opportunities for our movement. Things are now moving fast. So much has happened in the last couple of weeks that we put together a timeline of events and news articles to help sort it out.
Oct. 12: Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project releases report on the 16 most extreme and excessive death penalty counties in the U.S. Four are in Florida – Duval, Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Miami-Dade. Read more here.
Oct. 14: Florida Supreme Court rules Florida’s new death sentencing statute unconstitutional. Read more here.
Oct. 14: “Advocates, officials react to Supreme Court’s death penalty ruling.” Read them here.
Oct. 17: “75 Tampa Bay area religious leaders call for end to death penalty in wake of Harvard report.” Read more here.
Oct. 18: “New Strategy for Justice Reform: Vote Out the DA – A battle in Tampa reflects a shift across the country.” Read more here.
Oct. 18: “Lawmakers to again deal with death penalty sentencing” Read it here.
Oct. 20: The Florida Supreme Court orders a retrial for Jacob Dugan, Jr. and an evidentiary hearing for Frank Walls. Both men have been on Florida’s Death Row for decades. Read about the rulings here.
Oct. 27: Florida Supreme Court orders new trial for Clement Aguirre who has a very strong case for innocence. Possible Florida Death Row exoneration. More here.
Oct 28: Florida Supreme Court halts Pinellas County death penalty trial. All Florida death penalty trials could also be halted. Read the report here.
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