BREAKING: Supreme Court rules Florida’s Death Penalty is Unconstitutional!

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday declared Florida’s death penalty law unconstitutional because it requires the trial judge and not the jury to make the critical findings necessary to impose capital punishment.

The state’s current system is at odds with a string of Supreme Court cases which held that facts that add to a defendant’s punishment — known as aggravating circumstances — must be found by a jury.

“We hold this sentencing scheme unconstitutional. The Sixth Amendment requires a jury, not a judge, to find each fact necessary to impose a sentence of death… A jury’s mere recommendation is not enough.”

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