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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

State Attorney Aramis Ayala Igniting Criticism


Herman Lindsey can tell you what it’s like to wait for a turn with death. He was put on Florida’s death row in 2007, after being convicted of the murder of a store clerk who was fatally shot during a Fort Lauderdale robbery in 1994. As he fought to prove his innocence, other men were taken into the white execution room and injected with a fatal cocktail of drugs. And then one day, Lindsey was free. After fighting his case all the way to the Florida Supreme Court, all seven justices agreed the evidence was insufficient to support his conviction, much less a death sentence. Lindsey says he felt ignored by lawmakers in his fight to abolish the death penalty …
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Execution chamber. Photo: Florida Department of Corrections / Doug Smith
Intersection

Intersection: Florida’s Death Penalty


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. Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charlie Wells, Democratic State Senator Randolph Bracy, and defense attorney Steven Laurence join Intersection to discuss the implications of the bill.
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Florida is one of three states where formerly convicted felons must petition before a clemency board to have their civil rights restored. Photo: Renata Sago.
Central Florida News

FL Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Oral Arguments in Case to Restore Ex-Felon Voting Rights


The Florida Supreme Court has granted a request to hear oral arguments in a case that could restore voting rights to more than 1.5 million ex-felons statewide. The decision to hear oral arguments for the proposed amendment comes less than three months after a coalition of pastors, attorneys, and advocacy groups submitted the required 68,314 signatures to trigger a review of current state law.
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Base congressional redistricting map. Image: Floridaredistricting.org
Intersection

Intersection: Redistricting 101


Redistricting is complex and prone to political missteps. State lawmakers are proving that right now as they gather in Tallahassee to put together new congressional maps free of political influence. Intersection explores some of the pitfalls of redistricting and how some lawmakers say the process could be improved.
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