Florida death penalty to be overhauled

2016-03-07 21:45


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Tallahassee - Florida Governor Rick Scott is moving ahead with an overhaul of the state's death penalty law.

Spokesperson Jackie Schultz says he signed the bill into law on Monday.

The Florida Legislature passed the bill last week. It requires that at least 10 of 12 jurors recommend execution for it to be carried out. Florida previously required that a majority of jurors recommend death sentences.

The measure includes other changes that lawmakers hope will resolve lingering legal questions and open the door to resuming executions.

The US Supreme Court ruled Florida's law unconstitutional in January, saying it allows judges to reach a different decision than juries, which have only an advisory role in recommending death.

The new law prohibits judges from imposing the death penalty if the jury doesn't recommend it.

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