Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Clear Day 41° Clear
News >  Nation/World

Gov. Scott signs into law overhaul of Florida death penalty

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Rick Scott is moving ahead with an overhaul of the state’s death penalty law.

Spokeswoman Jackie Schultz says Scott signed the bill on the issue into law Monday.

Last week, the Florida Legislature passed the bill. It requires at least 10 out of 12 jurors recommend execution for it be carried out. Florida previously required that a majority of jurors recommend death sentences.

The measure includes other changes that lawmakers hope will resolve lingering legal questions and open the door to the state’s resuming executions.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida’s law unconstitutional in January, saying it allows judges to reach a different decision than juries, which have only an advisory role in recommending death.

The new law prohibits judges from imposing the death penalty if the jury doesn’t recommend it.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Subscribe to the Coronavirus newsletter

Get the day’s latest Coronavirus news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter.


Annual health and dental insurance enrollment period open now

 (Courtesy Washington Healthplanfinder)
Sponsored

2020 has been a stressful year for myriad reasons.