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Jan 12, 2016

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida’s Death Sentencing Scheme

In an 8 – 1 deci­sion in Hurst v. Florida released on January 12, the U.S. Supreme Court found Florida’s cap­i­tal sen­tenc­ing scheme in vio­la­tion of the 6th Amendment, which guar­an­tees the right to tri­al by jury. The Sixth Amendment requires a jury, not a judge, to find each fact nec­es­sary to impose a sen­tence of death,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in the opin­ion of the Court. The jury and judge in Hurst’s case fol­lowed Florida’s statu­to­ry sen­tenc­ing pro­ce­dure, which requires only an advi­so­ry sen­tence” from a jury. Florida does not require…