IS FLORIDA’S DEATH PENALTY UNCONSTITUTIONAL?
All Florida executions are currently on hold because the Florida Supreme Court must fully evaluate how the United States Supreme Court’s recent decision in Ring v. Arizona impacts upon Florida’s statute. The question remains: Should a judge be the final decision-maker in deciding whether to sentence a convicted murderer to death, or should a jury make that final decision? In Florida, a jury issues an advisory verdict, but the final decision lies with a judge. This case will be argued before the Florida Supreme Court on August 21 and decided shortly thereafter. Until then, TIME-OUT ON EXECUTIONS IN FLORIDA!
“…Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) calls on Governor Bush to admit that flaws do exist in Florida’s death penalty system, and to use this time to appoint an unbiased and impartial panel of scholars and experts to conduct an independent study of that system….” Click Here to read the full text FADP’s February 5, 2002 statement on the de-facto moratorium.
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