Entries tagged with “Mark Anthony Poole

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

,

Sentencing Alternatives

,

Jan 24, 2020

Florida Supreme Court Retracts Jury Unanimity Requirement, Reinstates Non-Unanimous Death Sentence

In a dra­mat­ic rever­sal made pos­si­ble by changes in court per­son­nel, the Florida Supreme Court has repu­di­at­ed its pri­or deci­sions requir­ing that cap­i­tal sen­tenc­ing juries unan­i­mous­ly agree to the death penal­ty before a tri­al judge may sen­tence a defen­dant to death. Our court … got it wrong,” the jus­tices said, when it ruled in 2016 that death sen­tences imposed after non-unan­i­mous jury rec­om­men­da­tions for death vio­lat­ed the state and fed­er­al constitutions.