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Today on Context Florida: Death penalty sentencing, education & society, bad ideas never die and changing party affiliation

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Today on Context Florida: Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death penalty sentencing system, declaring that it violates defendants’ Sixth Amendment Rights to trial by jury. Hurst v. Florida is expected to prompt death penalty litigation by many death row inmates who were sentenced under the unconstitutional procedure. About 80 percent of the state’s death row inmates were sentenced to be executed after split, majority-only juries recommended that the trial judges impose the death penalty. The Supreme Court…

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Today on Context Florida: Death penalty, assaulting the environment, tattoos & Jimmy Buffett, and ugly incidents

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Today on Context Florida: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down Florida’s death penalty sentencing system last week, declaring that it violates defendants’ Sixth Amendment Rights to trial by jury. In response to the Hurst v. Florida decision, Julie Delegal shows us a Jacksonville coalition of civic and faith groups — Justice 4 Jacksonville — is calling on State Attorney Angela Corey to stop action in all capital murder cases until Florida’s sentencing statutes are repaired: “Today’s ruling proves what the Justice 4 Jacksonville Coalition…

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Today on Context Florida: Florida’s death penalty, alimony “reform,” Key West traffic and Obama’s State of the Union

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Today on Context Florida: According to Martin Dyckman, nothing else that government does costs as much as the death penalty in order to accomplish so little. This ought to concern even the most conservative legislators as they cope with the U.S. Supreme Court’s 8-1 decision Tuesday, in Hurst v. Florida that the state’s capital sentencing process is unconstitutional. The choice now is to fix it or repeal it. “Those are our two options,” said Carlos Trujillo, the House Criminal Justice chairman.…

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