Bill to Remove Unanimous Jury Requirement for Death Penalty Moves to Florida Senate


key Senate committee Wednesday supported eliminating a requirement for unanimous jury recommendations before death sentences can be imposed, but it backed giving judges discretion in making the ultimate decisions.


he Senate Rules Committee voted 15-4 to approve a bill (SB 450) that would allow death sentences to be imposed based on the recommendations of eight of 12 jurors — a standard that bill sponsor Blaise Ingoglia, R-Spring Hill, described as being “the most aggressive of all 50 states.”


he bill is now ready to go to the full Senate, while a House version (HB 555) also has started moving

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