SCOTUS Rules Judge-Centric Florida Death Penalty Law Unconstitutional
In an 8-1 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Florida's death penalty — which is handed down by judges, not juries — is unconstitutional.By Cliff Judy | January 12, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday morning Florida's death penalty is unconstitutional.
The justices ruled 8-1 to strike down the state's death penalty, which had some rare provisions.
"As to Count 2, the first-degree premeditated murder of Jeffrey Kocab, the court imposes a sentence of death," Judge William Fuente said in Dontae Morris' murder trial in May 2014.