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January 24th, 2020 by Mike Vasilinda

Friday, January 24 , 2020

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Friday, January 24, 2020

New Court

Edius 1

Anchor Lead

A bombshell ruling by the state Supreme Court could drastically alter the state’s use of the death Penalty. The court ruled a unanimous jury is not required to send someone to death. The 4-1 decision overturns a 2016 ruling crafted by three liberal justices who have since retired. As Jake Stofan tells us the ruling is expected to immediately impact more than 100 death row inmates who were eligible for re-sentencing, but could also motivate lawmakers to change state law.

Supers:

0:15-0:21 Scott McCoy

Southern Poverty Law Center

0:34-0:40 Mark Schlakman

Human Rights Attorney

0:52-1:02 Jack Campbell

State Attorney, Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit

1:02-1:14 Jake Stofan

1:14-1:21 Scott McCoy

Southern Poverty Law Center

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The decision is likely going to be litigated heavily, but a Louisiana case before the US Supreme Court could clarify once and for all if a unanimous jury recommendation is required to sentence someone to death. A decision is expected in June.

New Court PACKAGE

In 2016 the State Supreme Court ruled Florida’s death penalty unconstitutional because it didn’t require a unanimous jury to recommend the death sentence.

Scott McCoy with the Southern Poverty Law Center says unanimity is an important protection.

SOT Scott McCoy

Southern Poverty Law Center

“When you have the death penalty and how final that is, you need safeguards.”

But now the newly conservative State Supreme Court has reversed that decision, finding a jury only has to unanimously agree a person is eligible for the death sentence, as opposed to recommending the sentence.

SOT Mark Schlakman

Human Rights Attorney

“The unanimous jury requirement is no longer, which has implications moving forward.”

The case will likely impact 157 death row inmates who were sentenced to die by a less than unanimous jury after 2002.

They had been eligible for resentencing under the 2016 decision.

SOT Jack Campbell

State Attorney, Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit

“My initial reading is that those people will be returned, as Mr. Poole’s case was, the death penalty will stay in effect and will be lawful and carried out.”

Stand Up

“For now, a unanimous jury is still required to sentence a person to death under state law, but this ruling open the door for the state Legislature to reverse the law it passed after the 2016 decision.”

SOT Scott McCoy

Southern Poverty Law Center

“My hope is that this will not cause them to rethink that decision because that was a good decision and it should stay in place.”

And as lawmakers ponder what to do 157 lives could hang in the balance.

First Lady VOSOT:

The First Lady is highlighting scholarships for children who are struggling to read after finding in the state’s capital county only 5 percent of who children qualify for the scholarships are receiving them.

The scholarships can be used for reading programs and tutoring services.

First Lady Casey DeSantis also took the opportunity to highlight a new pilot program rolling out in select Florida schools.

A private partner is providing students at the school with access to a free math and reading app to help them in their studies.

SOT Casey DeSantis

Florida First Lady

“You don’t want them to go to waste because I think at the end of the day we want to make sure that parents recognize that there are opportunities out there for their kids to get additional help if they need it. And so we’re excited obviously about letting parents know of the reading scholarships, but also I think this partnership with the private sector is going to be really powerful for just giving new technology in the hands of students.”

The $500 reading scholarships are offered to students who score a one or two on grade three or four ELA assessments.

 

Capitol News Service Feed

Friday, January 24, 2020

New Court

Edius 1

Anchor Lead

A bombshell ruling by the state Supreme Court could drastically alter the state’s use of the death Penalty. The court ruled a unanimous jury is not required to send someone to death. The 4-1 decision overturns a 2016 ruling crafted by three liberal justices who have since retired. As Jake Stofan tells us the ruling is expected to immediately impact more than 100 death row inmates who were eligible for re-sentencing, but could also motivate lawmakers to change state law.

Supers:

0:00-0:17 Jake Stofan

0:23-0:28 Scott McCoy

Southern Poverty Law Center

0:41-0:50 Jack Campbell

State Attorney, Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit

0:50-0:59 Jake Stofan

Anchor Tag

The decision is likely going to be litigated heavily, but a Louisiana case before the US Supreme Court could clarify once and for all if a unanimous jury recommendation is required to sentence someone to death. A decision is expected in June.

New Court LOOK LIVE

Look Live In

“Florida lawmakers passed a law requiring a unanimous jury recommendation to sentence a person to death after the state Supreme Court said anything less was unconstitutional. The reversal by the newly conservative Supreme Court opens the door for the Legislature to return to the old system.”

Scott McCoy with the Southern Poverty Law Center says unanimity is an important protection.

SOT Scott McCoy

Southern Poverty Law Center

“When you have the death penalty and how final that is, you need safeguards.”

The case will likely impact 157 death row inmates who were sentenced to die by a less than unanimous jury after 2002.

They had been eligible for resentencing under the 2016 decision.

SOT Jack Campbell

State Attorney, Florida’s 2nd Judicial Circuit

“My initial reading is that those people will be returned, as Mr. Poole’s case was, the death penalty will stay in effect and will be lawful and carried out.”

Look Live Out

“It’s so far unclear if lawmakers plan to address the issue this legislative session.”

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