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Miami Herald-Jennifer Smits

This week on The Florida Roundup...

The Obama administration repealed the "wet foot, dry foot" policy for Cubans. This ends a special privilege that allowed Cubans who make it to U.S. sand or soil to stay. 

Rehearing Sought In Asay’s Death Penalty Case

Jan 8, 2017

Lawyers for a Death Row inmate are asking the state's high court for a rehearing after a majority of justices ruled last month that a major U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down Florida's death-penalty sentencing system does not apply to defendants convicted before 2002.

Bill Proposes Unanimous Juries In Death Penalty Cases

Jan 8, 2017

After the Florida Supreme Court ruled that a new death-penalty law was unconstitutional, the chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice committee Friday proposed requiring unanimous jury recommendations before defendants could be sentenced to death.

Florida Changes Lethal Injection Drugs

Jan 6, 2017

In the midst of a major upheaval involving Florida's death-penalty laws, state corrections officials have adopted a new lethal-injection procedure that includes a drug never before used for executions and another used only by accident.

Florida Supreme Court Rescinds Death Penalty Ruling

Jan 5, 2017

In a highly unusual move that heightened confusion in an already-murky legal arena, the Florida Supreme Court quickly rescinded an order Wednesday that would have barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty in capital cases.

Judiciary Committee To Consider Death Penalty, Workers’ Comp

Jan 4, 2017

Preparing for the annual legislative session, the House Judiciary Committee next week will start weighing two high-profile issues: the death penalty and workers' compensation insurance.


Court Opens Door To New Death Penalty Hearings

Dec 23, 2016

In a pair of major rulings about the state's embattled death penalty, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday cleared the way for about half of the state's Death Row inmates to seek new sentencing proceedings based on a seminal U.S. Supreme Court decision early this year.

Miami Herald File

Some of the nearly 400 prisoners waiting on Florida’s Death Row will not be allowed a re-sentencing under new death penalty laws, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

The 6-1 ruling in a death sentence appeal by Mark James Asay says that Death Row inmates are not entitled to a re-sentencing unless their case was finalized after the 2002 ruling in Ring vs. Arizona, which required juries to find aggravating factors to impose the death penalty.

In 2016, 30 people were sentenced to death in America, and 20 people were executed.

Those numbers are the lowest in decades, according to a report by the Death Penalty Information Center, which collects data on capital punishment in the United States, and advocates against the death penalty.

The 2016 numbers fit with a multi-decade trend. Death sentences and executions have been declining steadily since the mid-1990s.

Justices Reject Death Row Inmate’s Appeal

Dec 16, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously rejected an appeal by a Death Row inmate sentenced to death for shooting and robbing a man lured from a gay bar.

Justice Breyer Criticizes Florida Death Penalty Case

Dec 13, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a Death Row inmate's appeal in the 4-decade-old murder of an Orlando car salesman — but Justice Stephen Breyer used the case to raise broader questions about the death penalty.

Florida Wants U.S. Supreme Court To Consider Death Penalty Issue

Dec 6, 2016
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

The state plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit a landmark case in which justices struck down as unconstitutional Florida's death-penalty sentencing procedure because it gave too much power to judges, instead of juries.

Florida May Consider Lethal Injection Changes

Dec 6, 2016

In a move that would be certain to spur more litigation over the state's already embattled death penalty, Florida corrections officials appear to be planning what could be a dramatic change to the triple-drug lethal injection process — including the use of a drug never before used for executions.

Court Orders Disability Hearing For Death Row Inmate

Dec 2, 2016

A divided Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a lower court to hold a hearing about whether a Death Row inmate has an intellectual disability that would prevent him from being executed.

Supreme Court Rejects Two Death Sentences

Nov 18, 2016

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned death sentences and ordered life in prison for two inmates, ruling in one case that a convicted murderer who was not the triggerman should not have received a harsher sentence than his co-defendants.

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