FL Senate on death penalty: 8 jurors, not 12, would be required to put someone to death

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The Florida Senate passed legislation Thursday to get rid of a requirement for a unanimous jury recommendation before a death penalty can be imposed. The measure would require just eight jurors, not 12, to support a penalty of death.

The vote was 29-10, though it was not along strict party lines.

Lauren Book, the Senate Democrat Leader, and Linda Stewart, a Democrat from Orlando, joined 27 Republicans in supporting the bill. Republican Erin Grall, representing South Central counties and Ileana Garcia, of Miami-Dade, joined eight Democrats in opposing

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