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For the first time in Florida, a white person is set to be executed for killing a black person.

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For the first time in state history, Florida is expecting to execute a white man Thursday for killing a black person — and it plans to do so with the help of a drug that has never been used before in any U.S. execution. Barring a stay, Mark Asay, 53, is scheduled to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Asay was convicted by a jury of two racially motivated, premeditated murders in Jacksonville in 1987.

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After Asay decision, anti-death penalty advocates call for commutations

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The state’s leading death penalty opposition group is calling for more than 200 Florida death row inmates to have their sentences reduced to life imprisonment. Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty (FADP) says a Florida Supreme Court decision on convicted killer Mark Asay out Thursday means that many are “entitled to be resentenced.” The court determined that this year’s U.S. Supreme Court opinion, Hurst v. Florida, requiring Florida juries—not judges—”to (determine) the facts necessary to sentence a defendant to death”…

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New report says Hillsborough and Pinellas County are outliers nationally in calling for death penalty

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(UPDATE) There are just 16 counties in the U.S. — or one half of one percent — that imposed five or more death sentences between 2010 and 2015, and, according to a new report, four of them are in Florida — Hillsborough, Pinellas, Miami-Dade, and Duval. The Harvard Law School’s Fair Punishment Project’s report notes these “outlier counties” are plagued by persistent problems of overzealous prosecutors, ineffective defense lawyers, and racial bias. “Researchers found that the impact of these systemic problems included the conviction of innocent…

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New study finds vast racial, geographic disparities in Florida executions

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Two days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death sentencing system as unconstitutional, a new report says the state’s death penalty is plagued by vast racial, gender and geographic inequities. The report, written by University of North Carolina political science professor Frank Baumgartner, looked at executions carried out in Florida between 1976 and 2014. His conclusion includes that the race and gender of the victim, as well as the county where the crime occurred, improperly influences who’s sentenced to death and…

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