Now that the Florida death penalty scheme has been ruled unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court in Hurst v. Florida. what happens now?
1. Florida Supreme Court Allows Feb 11 Execution to Proceed
That’s not an easy question to answer. For one thing, the State of Florida is more than ready to keep its execution schedule.
Cary Michael Lambrix is scheduled to die by lethal injection on February 11, 2016. The Florida Supreme Court denied Lambrix’s request to delay that execution because of the Hurst decision.
2. Florida Death Row Inmates Wanting New Sentencing Hearings
Meanwhile, a large part of the current Florida Death Row population were sentenced to death under the scheme that was held unconstitutional in Hurst. They, of course, will be wanting to challenge that process and seek new sentencing hearings as a result.
Will this be granted to them? Read the debate in a recent Orlando Sentinel article here.
3. Florida Attorney General and Florida Legislature At Work on a Fix
As for Florida lawmakers, the Florida Attorney General issued a prompt news release after the Hurst opinion was issued.
Pam Bondi stated that her office would be working with the current Florida Legislature to get a fix as soon as possible, and in the meantime, those cases currently on Death Row would be reviewed on a "case by case basis."