Florida death penalty

Florida Supreme Court Rejects Appeal In Lambrix's Upcoming Execution

Sep 26, 2017
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The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously turned down an appeal by Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, who is scheduled to be executed Oct. 5 for killing two people in 1983 near LaBelle.

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TALLAHASSEE — In what might have been his last word on the issue as a member of the Florida Supreme Court, Justice James E.C. Perry on Thursday rendered a blistering analysis of the manner in which the death penalty is carried out in Florida.

Our Friday Media Roundtable  featured discussion about the Harvard study that sharply criticizes Duval County for the number of convicts it sends to death row, they also looked at the latest University of North Florida poll. The SHARE and SEED Academy is performing “The Wiz” on Saturday and we heard about the “Sing Out Loud Festival” kicking off Friday night in St. Augustine.

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Angela Corey’s state attorney’s office is defending itself against accusations it’s too quick to seek the death penalty in Duval County.

Assistant state attorneys Bernie de la Rionda and Mark Caliel defended their department Thursday against accusations they send too many convicts to death row.

Melissa Ross also spoke to Jacksonville attorney April Greer about the use of the Hague Convention in local courts and we heard from Christopher Heacox, the director of Opening Nights Performing Arts at Florida State University about an upcoming performance by the 5 Browns.


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Updated at 7:45 p.m. on Aug. 23

Florida’s 4th Judicial Circuit, which includes Duval County, is among a handful nationwide that sentence the majority of criminals to die. That’s according to a report out Tuesday titled “Too Broken to Fix” from Harvard University researchers.


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TALLAHASSEE — A Miami-Dade County judge ruled Monday that a state law allowing the death penalty to be imposed without a unanimous jury decision is unconstitutional, adding to the challenges facing Florida's capital punishment structure.

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The latest hearing for a man accused of raping and killing 8-year-old Cherish Perrywinkle three years ago in Jacksonville was delayed again Monday.

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A Florida House panel is slated to take up a death-penalty proposal Tuesday, three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death-penalty system giving judges, not juries, the power to impose death sentences is unconstitutional.

The 8-1 ruling in the Hurst v. Florida case was centered on what are known as "aggravating" circumstances that must be found before defendants can be sentenced to death. A 2002 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, in a case known as Ring v. Arizona, requires that determination of such aggravating circumstances be made by juries, not judges.

The  homicide case of Jacksonville's Shelby Farah has sparked a conversation about Florida's death penalty. We discuss the many issues surrounding capital punishment with Julie Delegal, who has been covering Farah's case for Folio Weekly, and Marc Hyden, National Coordinator with Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.


Advocates Debate Pros, Cons Of Florida's Death Penalty

Sep 18, 2015
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The First Coast Tiger Bay Club hosted a debate about Florida’s death penalty on Friday.