Death Penalty - States

In 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States published its opinion in Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455, 567 U.S. 460, 183 L. Ed. 2d 407 (2012).  It is a landmark case dealing with juvenile offenders in the criminal justice system.

Miller: Rare Juvenile Offender Whose Crime Reflects Irreparable Corruption

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The Death Penalty Information Center (DPIC) has released its annual summary of how the death penalty fared in this country during the preceding year.  The full report is available online here.

Hallmarks from 2019 include the following:

  • New Hampshire became the 21st state to abolish capital punishment.
  • California put all executions on hold.
  • Indiana

1.  Inequality in Results: Unequal Outcomes in Capital Cases

Recently the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board changed the paper’s official stance on the death penalty in Florida in an editorial entitled “It’s time for Florida to get rid of the death penalty,” and published on November 22, 2019.

Part of their argument includes a

This week, Terence Lenamon and Melissa Ortiz are defending Rod Ferrell in his resentencing hearing in Lake County, Florida.

Rod Ferrell Defense Begins Tomorrow

Today, the State rested. Over the next two days or so, the defense will present their experts and civilian witnesses in the State of Florida vs. Roderick Ferrell, Case No. 1996-CF-1913

Terence Lenamon was victorious in his fight against capital punishment for Markeith Loyd (see our earlier posts for details about the case).  What was the jury thinking when jurors returned to the courtroom, announcing a decision against the death penalty?

Death Penalty Closing Argument by Terence Lenamon (Result: Jury Nixes Death Penalty)

Here’s the defense

Terence Lenamon presented the defense’s opening statement in the death penalty trial of State of Florida v. Markeith Loyd today, and you can watch Terry’s opening via this YouTube capture of the live courtroom proceedings (Terry begins at the 14:33 mark, immediately after the state’s opening statement):

There was a lot of hoopla when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed his executive order that stopped executions in the Golden State.  For details, check out our earlier discussion, which includes a link to the full text of Governor Newsom’s order.

Thing is, as a recent article in the Sacramento Bee points out, things

Should current law apply when an appeals court reviews the evidence of mitigating factors and aggravating conditions in a death penalty case?  What about if the case was tried years – even decades – before the appellate review takes place?  Does the court look at current law, or go back to find the law in