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Florida's Death Penalty Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional — Again

Florida’s highest court ruled on Friday that the state’s recently amended death penalty law is unconstitutional because it doesn’t require jurors to be unanimous when imposing the punishment. State legislators rushed to fix the statute earlier this year after the U.S. Supreme Court had declared that the old sentencing regime violated the federal Constitution. The Florida Supreme Court acknowledged Friday that most of the fixes passed the test and “can be construed constitutionally,” but that the provision that allowed a less-than-unanimous jury to recommend a death sentence did not.
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