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FLORIDA (USA): SUPREME COURT STRIKES DOWN STATE'S CAPITAL SENTENCING STATUTE, REQUIRES JURY UNANIMITY BEFORE IMPOSING DEATH

October 14, 2016: The Florida Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional the state’s practice of permitting judges to impose death sentences based upon a non-unanimous jury recommendation for death.
In two rulings issued today, the court held that juries must unanimously find all facts necessary to impose a death sentence, including the existence of any aggravating factor relied upon as a reason to impose the death penalty, whether the aggravating factors in and of themselves provide sufficient grounds for imposing the death penalty, and whether the aggravating factors outweigh the mitigating circumstances (reasons for life) presented by the defense.
In the first case, Timothy Lee Hurst v. State of Florida, the court vacated Hurst's death sentence imposed and remanded his case for a new sentencing hearing.
The second decision, Larry Darnell Perry v. State of Florida, struck down the Florida legislature's March 2016 revision of the state’s capital sentencing statute because it does not require a unanimous jury recommendation of death before the trial judge can consider imposing a death sentence. Hurst is the same defendant whose appeal reached the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, resulting in an 8-1 decision declaring that the state's prior capital sentencing statute violated the 6th Amendment right to a jury trial by reserving for the judge, rather than the jury, the ultimate power to find the facts that could lead to a death sentence.
The Court specifically held that the statute impermissibly denied Hurst a jury finding of aggravating circumstances that could make him eligible for the death penalty. In response to the Court's decision, the Florida legislature amended the statute to require juries to unanimously find at least one aggravating circumstance, but allowed the jury to recommend a death sentence if at least 10 of 12 jurors agreed.
The court’s decision in Hurst made clear that the statute violated Florida state constitutional provisions requiring unanimous jury verdicts, as well as federal constitutional law.
In Perry, the court struck down the amended death penalty law, saying the statute "cannot be applied constitutionally to pending prosecutions because the Act does not require unanimity in the jury’s final recommendation as to whether the defendant should be sentenced to death." While the decision in Hurst says that defendants sentenced to death under the unconstitutional sentencing procedures are not entitled to have their sentences automatically reduced to life in prison, it leaves unclear exactly what will happen in the cases of the 396 people on the state's death row. (Source: Washington Post, Orlando Sentinel, 14/10/2016)

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GAZA: THREE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR SPYING, MURDER
SAUDI ARABIA: PRINCE EXECUTED FOR MURDER
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GAZA: PALESTINIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 2011 MURDER
BANGLADESH: JHALAKATHI JUDGE KILLER JMB MAN EXECUTED
MALAYSIA: 24-YEAR-OLD THAI BAR GIRL SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING IN KL
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SOMALIA: AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS KILL '2 SPIES'
PAKISTAN: GENERAL SHARIF SIGNS DEATH WARRANTS OF TEN TERRORISTS
TUNISIA: 76 SENTENCED OVER SOLDIER KILLINGS
USA: A HANDFUL OF COUNTIES ARE KEEPING THE DEATH PENALTY ALIVE
TEXAS (USA): LOWEST NUMBER OF EXECUTIONS IN 20 YEARS
MALAYSIA: FOREIGN DRUG TRAFFICKER SENTENCED TO DEATH
IRAN: 22-YEAR-OLD IRANIAN KURDISH WOMAN FACES IMMINENT EXECUTION AFTER GROSSLY UNFAIR TRIAL
GHANA'S PRISONS OVERCROWDED BY 3,810 INMATES
HANDS OFF CAIN: PRIORITY IS TO CONTAIN THE DEATH PENALTY FOR TERRORISM
ZIMBABWE: ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY - MPS SAY THEIR HANDS TIED
KENYA: WOMAN WHO SOLD TOXIC DRINK THAT CAUSED DEATH OF 8 SENTENCED TO HANG
CHINA: CORRUPT YUNNAN PARTY BOSS SENTENCED TO DEATH WITH REPRIEVE
GAZA STRIP: PALESTINIAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR KILLING CHILD
EGYPT: MILITANT SENTENCED TO DEATH, 8 TO LIFE FOR ANTI-CHRISTIAN ATTACK
INDIA: 5 OF FAMILY AWARDED DEATH PENALTY FOR KILLING 4 PERSONS
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SINGAPORE: 80 PER CENT OF RESIDENTS SUPPORT THE DEATH PENALTY
GAZA: WOMAN SENTENCED TO DEATH BY HANGING
TEXAS (USA): BARNEY RONALD FULLER EXECUTED
SUDAN: THREE CONDEMNED TO HANG IN BURAM, SOUTH DARFUR
USA: SUMMER 2016 ‘DEATH ROW USA’ SHOWS ONGOING DECLINE IN DEATH ROW POPULATIONS
IRAN: TWO PRISONERS HANGED FOR DRUG CHARGES IN KHORRAMABAD

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