News Supreme Court Strikes Down Florida's Death Penalty Procedure

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  1. Rupert Pupkin

    Rupert Pupkin That Ass is Attached to Daniela Lopez Gold

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    The one person happy is a killer who stabbed/killed his co-worker 60 times for a few hundred dollars. The USSC ruled that the jury must find facts to impose the death penalty, not the judge. Florida juries only have an 'advisory' recommendation for the death penalty. That will be changing soon as the Legislature is currently in session.

    USSC Decision> http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/15pdf/14-7505_5ie6.pdf

    On May 2, 1998, Cynthia Harrison’s body was discovered in the freezer of the restaurant where she worked— bound, gagged, and stabbed over 60 times. The restaurant safe was unlocked and open, missing hundreds of dollars. The State of Florida charged Harrison’s co-worker, Timothy Lee Hurst, with her murder. See 819 So. 2d 689, 692– 694 (Fla. 2002).

    During Hurst’s 4-day trial, the State offered substantial forensic evidence linking Hurst to the murder. Witnesses also testified that Hurst announced in advance that he planned to rob the restaurant; that Hurst and Harrison were the only people scheduled to work when Harrison was killed; and that Hurst disposed of blood-stained evidence
    and used stolen money to purchase shoes and rings.​


    Supreme Court strikes down Florida’s death penalty system
    Posted: 12:39 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016

    In a ruling released early Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s system of allowing judges to make the final decision in death penalty cases. Currently, juries in death penalty cases make a recommendation to judges on whether to impose a life in prison or death sentence.

    The high court ruling comes from an appeal of one of those cases, where a Pensacola jury voted 7-5 in favor of a death sentence for Timothy Lee Hurst for the 1998 murder of an employee at a Popeye’s restaurant. The judge used the jury’s vote to sentence Hurst to death, but the Supreme Court ruled that the recommendation system takes away authority that should rest with jurors alone.

    A Florida judge in the current system can overrule a jury’s decision for a death sentence and impose a life in prison sentence, but cannot impose a death sentence if a jury recommends life. Either way, the Supreme Court Justices ruled that it is a jury who should ultimately decide the sentence.

    Florida’s Legislature, which opened its two-month session Tuesday, is expected to take action aimed at changing the state’s death penalty law following the ruling.
     
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    Timothy Lee Hurst. Anyone with three names should automatically get the death penalty.
     
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    Kool Well-Known Member

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    Juries are usually a bunch of idiots.
     
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    So are judges.

    I'm pro death penalty but it needs to be fixed. It costs 1.2 million just to administer lethal injection because the chemicals we buy from Germany are so expensive.
     
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    crazypreacher Hey yo

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    Fire up Ol Sparky baby!