Florida Supreme Court on the death penalty: We got it wrong

Published: Jan. 24, 2020 at 12:31 PM CST
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The Florida Supreme Court says it erred in 2016 when it ruled a jury must be unanimous in deciding a convicted murderer should be sentenced to death.

The reversal announced Thursday could affect dozens of death row cases.

Florida law also was changed to fit the 2016 ruling.

Since then, dozens of death row inmates who had been sentenced to die on non-unanimous jury decisions were granted new sentencing hearings.

The managing attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center criticized the new court opinion, saying a unanimous jury decision is a must to ensuring fairness in the courts when it comes to death penalty recommendations.

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