New death penalty rules readied for Senate passage

The legislation seeks to end the requirement for jury unanimity for criminals to be put to death.

The Senate readied a bill for passage that would strip away the requirement that a jury unanimously agree in order to deliver the death penalty.

Under the bill (SB 450), eight of 12 jurors — a “supermajority” — would have to agree for a defendant to face the death penalty.

El Sen. Blaise Ingoglia filed the bill, inspired by the Parkland school shooter’s trial. He said he wants to reduce the chances that jurors intent on making a point about the death penalty get a chance

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