Capital punishment

Law
7:40 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Supreme Court Will Hear Case On Executions And Mental Disability

Originally published on Mon October 21, 2013 2:40 pm

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.

The capital punishment case, Hall, Freddie L. v. Fla., centers on the standard for judging mental disability and how state officials arrive at that judgment. The case will be argued in Washington early in 2014.

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Session 2013
9:00 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Death Penalty Bill Dead For The Session

OPPONENTS: State Reps. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda and Matt Gaetz. Gaetz' committee killed her anti-capital punishment bill.

State lawmakers will not  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.

The vote was largely along party lines, with the majority Republicans voting in favor of preserving the death penalty.

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Capital Punishment
7:03 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Days From Death, Killer's Violent Psychosis Complicates Closure For Victims' Families

John Errol Ferguson, convicted of killing six, may have murdered twice as many.
Credit Florida Dept. of Corrections

John Errol Ferguson is scheduled for execution on Thursday for a six-victim murder that  horrified South Florida more than 35 years ago. At the time, as the Miami Herald's David Ovalle reminds us in this backgrounder, it was the worst mass murder in local history.  Is he fit to execute?

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