DeSantis Signs Bill Allowing Non-Unanimous Vote For Death Penalty
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- Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill that will allow eight jurors to be enough to impose capital punishment in state cases, making Florida the fourth state that will not require a unanimous vote to impose the death sentence.
- The legislation, SB 450, allows for a two-thirds supermajority vote of jurors, and seeks to change a precedent on unanimous jury votes, Florida Politics reported.
- In 2020, a Florida Supreme Court decision in the case of State v. Poole removed a requirement that a jury vote be unanimous on imposing a death sentence, pending a law to describe the circumstances behind an order.
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