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Legal Issues - Death Penalty
Coronavirus Continuances: Florida Supreme Court COVID-19 Emergency Order
On Friday, March 13, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court ordered “… [a]ll grand jury proceedings, jury selection proceedings, and criminal and civil jury trials are suspended during the period beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, through Friday, March 27, 2020, or as provided by subsequent order.”
- Terry Lenamon reports there has been a continuance of
Lenamon Defense Motions in Markeith Loyd Trial: February 2020
Terence Lenamon continued his capital defense of Markeith Loyd this week with motions dealing with the circumstances surrounding when shots were fired, and by who, in the WalMart encounter between defendant Markeith Loyd and police officer Debra Clayton, a lieutenant with the Orlando Police Department. Markeith Loyd is being tried for the killing of Officer…
Associated Press, New York Times: Terence Lenamon Shares His Concern Over Ramifications of Florida Supreme Court Overturning Hurst
Yesterday, in an article entitled “Florida Death Penalty Experts Concerned About Court Ruling,” written by Tamara Lush and published by the Associated Press and shared in the New York Times, Terence Lenamon explained his take on the curveball ruling in Poole.
- Terry points to his own docket as an example, where he has
SCOTUS Considers Four Death Penalty Cases As We Enter 2020
Of particular importance to death penalty defense attorneys are the capital punishment issues pending before the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). As we enter the new year, the capital defense bar watches and waits for SCOTUS to decide on four different matters, arising out of Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, and Virginia.
Questions Presented to
Mental Illness and the Death Penalty: When Insanity Becomes an Issue
In a capital case, there are two times when the issue of the accused’ mental health must be addressed; first, at the criminal trial where the individual is facing a prosecutor who is seeking the death penalty as punishment upon conviction. Second, when the convicted Death Row inmate is scheduled for execution.
Three Distinct Mental
Terence Lenamon Defends Rod Ferrell in Resentencing Hearing: the Vampire Clan Case
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…
Markeith Loyd Death Penalty Trial: Defense Filings Including Opposition to Sequestering the Jury
For those following the ongoing death penalty trial of Markeith Loyd in Florida, the following four court filings by Terence Lenamon, attorney for the defense, have been uploaded into Terry Lenamon’s Online Library as a public service:
Death Penalty Trial: Motion Regarding Metal Detectors; read the full text of the motion as filed
Markeith Loyd Death Penalty Case: Terry Lenamon Defense Trial Update
Terry Lenamon continues his death penalty defense in the capital case involving Markeith Loyd, a case that is being followed closely by the Florida news media. Markeith Loyd stands accused of two homicides, one his ex-girlfriend (Sade Dixon) and the other, Orlando police officer Debra Clayton. The State of Florida is seeking the death penalty…
Death Penalty Defense Motions Filed August 2, 2019 in State of Florida v. Markeith Loyd (Capital Case)
Terence Lenamon has filed the following three motions in the Markeith Loyd death penalty trial. No hearing date as yet. For more information, see “Markeith Loyd seeks to combine murder trials, delay trial start to April,” written by Emelee Speck and published by ClickOrlando on August 2, 2019: