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Florida Supreme Court rules death penalty juries must be unanimous

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Oct 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-14 15:18:18-04
A jury's recommendation for death must now be unanimous.
 
The Florida Supreme Court handed down the ruling on Friday after finding Florida's law allowing for non-unanimous recommendations to be unconstitutional.
 
The Supreme Court ruled in January that Florida's unique system for sentencing people to death is unconstitutional because it gives too much power to judges — and not enough to juries — to decide capital sentences.
 
The 8-1 ruling said that the state's sentencing procedure is flawed because juries play only an advisory role in recommending death while the judge can reach a different decision.
The decision will likely trigger sentencing appeals from some of the 390 inmates on the Florida's death row, a number second only to California.