Capital punishment http://blog.wlrn.org en Supreme Court Will Hear Case On Executions And Mental Disability http://blog.wlrn.org/post/supreme-court-will-hear-case-executions-and-mental-disability The standard by which a person is judged to be mentally competent enough to face execution for a crime will be reviewed by the U.S. Supreme Court, which agreed Monday to hear a Florida case revolving around that issue.<p>The capital punishment case, <em>Hall, Freddie L. v. Fla.,</em> centers on the standard for judging mental disability and how state officials arrive at that judgment. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 11:40:20 +0000 Bill Chappell 22433 at http://blog.wlrn.org Death Penalty Bill Dead For The Session http://blog.wlrn.org/post/death-penalty-bill-dead-session <p></p><p>State lawmakers will not&nbsp; decide whether to abolish the death penalty this year. Rejecting cost, fairness and morality arguments, a House criminal justice subcommittee on Thursday voted down a bill to abolish capital punishment in Florida.</p><p>The vote was largely along party lines, with the majority Republicans voting in favor of preserving the death penalty.</p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Rick Stone 9071 at http://blog.wlrn.org Death Penalty Bill Dead For The Session Days From Death, Killer's Violent Psychosis Complicates Closure For Victims' Families http://blog.wlrn.org/post/days-death-killers-violent-psychosis-complicates-closure-victims-families <p></p><p>John Errol Ferguson is scheduled for execution on Thursday for a six-victim murder that&nbsp; horrified South Florida more than 35 years ago. At the time, as the Miami Herald's David Ovalle reminds us in <a href="http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/10/14/3049998/pending-execution-casts-spotlight.html">this backgrounder</a>, it was the worst mass murder in local history. &nbsp;Is he fit to execute?</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:03:00 +0000 Rick Stone 2878 at http://blog.wlrn.org Days From Death, Killer's Violent Psychosis Complicates Closure For Victims' Families