What happens with the current Florida prosecutions, where the death penalty is being sought by prosecutors?
Here's a great article using in part the example of the Michael Lamar Woods' case, where Terence Lenamon acts a defense counsel.
Jury Instructions in Death Penalty Cases
Read all about how things are working in the current legal limbo in the piece written by Nicky Gorny for the Ocala Star Banner and published on December 15, 2016, in "On hold: Death penalty debate affects Marion defendants," with quotes from Terry Lenamon.
Key here, Jury Instructions. Terry explains how things may be delayed because of the need for proper jury instructions in capital cases.
News reports are the State of Florida is getting ready to execute more folk, even though SCOTUS and the Supreme Court of Florida pretty much have Florida executions on hold right now indefinitely.
Florida Lethal Injections Executions With Etomidate
The Sun Sentinel and others are reporting that the Florida Department of Corrections paid money to get its drug supply ready for upcoming lethal injections.
This apparently includes the purchase of a new drug, one that has never been used before in an execution.
It's called ETOMIDATE. Read about the drug here. It replaces midazolam in the three-drug cocktail.
Follow the details on this story, including the News Service of Florida getting the scoop by obtaining the records, in the article written by Dara Cam and published on December 5, 2016, in the Sun Sentinel, entitled "Death penalty: Florida may be pondering 'novel' lethal injection change."
New Sentencing Hearing for Florida Death Row Inmate Richard Franklin
Their decision? Franklin should get a new sentencing hearing on his murder conviction of a prison guard.
Why? There was not complete agreement among the jurors in his initial sentencing. "In light of the non-unanimous jury recommendation to impose a death sentence," explains the Court, Mr. Franklin will have a new sentencing hearing.
What's a Sentencing Hearing?
What's that? It's a trial in and of itself. The prosecution presents its aggravating factors and arguments on why capital punishment should be given; the defense presents mitigating factors on why the death penalty is not appropriate.
How Many New Sentencing Hearings in Florida?
Why is this happening? Last January, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Hurst v. Florida. They ruled that the Florida death penalty law was unconstitutional. We've discussed this in past posts.
Last week's Florida Supreme Court decision in Franklin is a result of the decision in Hurst.
Thing is, it's also a big red flag to the State of Florida that we can expect lots more Death Row Inmates to be allowed a second sentencing hearing.
For more details, see the DPIC discussion here.