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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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