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Intersection: Florida’s Death Penalty


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Execution chamber. Photo: Florida Department of Corrections / Doug Smith


Governor Rick Scott signed a bill requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases. The bill appears to end the limbo over Florida’s death penalty, after the US Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional, and the Florida Supreme Court ruled that juries must deliver a unanimous vote for a death penalty.

So what does that mean for the resumption of executions in Florida? And what about the Orange Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s decision to not seek the death penalty on her watch? Joining us to discuss the issue is Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charlie Wells, Democratic State Senator Randolph Bracy, and defense attorney Steven Laurence.


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Matthew Peddie

About Matthew Peddie

Host of WMFE's Intersection & Assistant News Director

Matthew Peddie grew up in New Zealand and studied journalism at the University of Western Ontario. After graduating with an MA in Journalism he returned to Christchurch, working as a reporter for Radio Live and Radio New Zealand. He’s reported live from the scene of earthquakes, criminal trials and rugby ... Read Full Bio »

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