Florida's Death Penalty Laws Deemed Unconstitutional
According to the AP, Martinez ruled the law unconstitutional because "jurors are not required to announce specific findings on aggravating factors required to justify the death penalty."
Jurors in Florida are only asked to vote on whether a convict deserves the death penalty by a simple majority vote, and only announce the finding. Though, the judge gets the final say in sentencing.
Martinez's ruling cited a 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that jurors must disclose aggravating factors.
It's up to Attorney General Pam Bondi's office to appeal the decision.
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