Miami federal judge rules Florida’s death penalty unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez ruled that juries, not judges, should be the ones to determine ‘aggravating factors’ in sentencing criminals to die. BY DAVID OVALLE – Miami Herald A Miami federal judge ruled Wednesday that the way Florida courts mete out the death penalty is unconstitutional because juries — not judges — should be the ones to spell out which details about the crime justify execution. [Full story: Miami Herald: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/06/22/2279518/miami-federal-judge-floridas-death.html ]

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Miami federal judge rules Florida’s death penalty unconstitutional