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Florida Death Penalty

Supreme Court To Review How Florida Doles Out The Death Penalty

The Huffington Post | Kim Bellware | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it will review how Florida decides which convicted criminals are eligible for the death sentence. Florida...

The Secrecy Behind Execution Drugs Is Increasingly Coming Under Fire

AP | ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS and JIM SALTER | Posted 06.05.2014 | Politics

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dating to the days when the guillotine operator or the hangman wore a mask, a certain amount of anonymity has always surrounded exe...

Florida's Gruesome Execution Theater

The Washington Post | Posted 03.20.2014 | Crime

In the decades he spent filing stories from Jacksonville after visits to Florida’s execution chamber, former AP reporter Ron Word saw a lot that sti...

Execution Date Set For Killer Who Dismembered 9-Year-Old Miami Boy

Sun Sentinel | Wayne K. Roustan | Posted 03.04.2014 | Miami

The Governor's Office announced Thursday an execution date for the convicted killer of a nine-year-old Miami-Dade boy. Juan Carlos Chavez, 46, is sch...

More States To Consider Death Penalty Repeal

Pew's Stateline | Maggie Clark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Death Row Inmates Sue Florida Over 'Cruel And Unusual Punishment'

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | Miami

MIAMI, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Seven Florida death row inmates on Tuesday sued the state, saying a new three-step lethal injection procedure could inflic...

John Errol Ferguson, Serious Mental Illness, and Capital Punishment

Tobias Winright | Posted 10.08.2013 | Politics
Tobias Winright

While I am opposed to capital punishment for anyone, I am especially opposed to it in cases where there is serious doubt about the perpetrator's full culpability due to severe mental illness at the time of his or her offense.

Some States Look To Speed Up Controversial Practice

stateline | Maggie Clark | Posted 06.18.2013 | Politics

This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily repo...

Will He Or Won't He?

Sun Sentinel | Rafael Olmeda | Posted 07.27.2013 | Miami

Gov. Rick Scott doesn't appear to be in any hurry to speed up the state's death penalty appeals process. The Timely Justice Act passed both houses of...

Florida's Timely Justice Act Is Neither Timely Nor Justice

David A. Love | Posted 07.17.2013 | Crime
David A. Love

The bill -- passed by the Florida legislature and now awaiting the signature of Governor Rick Scott -- would expedite the death penalty process in the Sunshine state.

Protect the Innocent: Florida's Governor Must Veto the 'Timely Justice Act'

Juan Melendez | Posted 07.16.2013 | Miami
Juan Melendez

My trial took less than a week. I was sentenced to death. I spent nearly 18 years on death row, a traumatic and heartbreaking time for me and my family. I never stopped fighting for my freedom.

Controversial Death Row Measure Heads To Scott

Reuters | Posted 06.29.2013 | Politics

By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE, Fla., April 29 (Reuters) - The Florida Senate sent Governor Rick Scott a package of capital-punishment ...

Bill Moves To SPEED UP Florida Executions Process

Palm Beach Post | DARA KAM | Posted 06.29.2013 | Miami

TALLAHASSEE -- Juan Roberto Melendez spent 17 years on Florida's Death Row after being wrongly convicted of the 1983 murder of Delbert Baker. His c...

Appeals Court Rules On Ferguson Execution

AP | Posted 12.27.2012 | Miami

MIAMI -- A federal appeals court has refused to lift a stay of execution for a Florida mass killer. Ferguson's lawyers claim he suffers from mental i...

How Florida's Death Penalty Is Killing Us

Spencer Aronfeld | Posted 08.05.2012 | Miami
Spencer Aronfeld

Now is the time that Florida must reform its criminal justice system by taking a closer look at what Florida's death penalty says about us as a civilization, as well as the 401 people who are currently on Florida's death row.

Serial Killer's Execution Set For Today

AP | BRENDAN FARRINGTON | Posted 06.12.2012 | Miami

STARKE, Fla. — A Florida inmate was put to death Thursday, nearly three decades after the murder of 17-year-old Lynn Elliott, whose failed escap...

GOP State Rep. Proposes Bringing Back Electric Chair, Firing Squads: 'I Am So Tired Of Being Humane'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 12.12.2011 | Politics

Here's a piece of legislation you don't see every day. One Florida state Rep. is proposing a big change to the way his state handles executions. Brad ...