Tallahassee, FL (AP) - The executive director of a soon-to-be
disbanded oversight panel for Florida's death penalty has told Gov.
Rick Scott its work needs to somehow continue.
Roger Maas made that appeal in a letter to Scott Thursday, a day
after a federal judge declared Florida's death procedure
unconstitutional. A spokesman for Scott had no immediate comment.
Scott has signed a bill (HB 5011) that will abolish the
Commission on Capital Cases on July 1.
In his letter, Maas offered to help if the governor should
launch a review of the death penalty process by executive order or
U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez ruled in Miami on Wednesday
that Florida's procedure is unconstitutional. That's because jurors
are not required to say what aggravating factor or factors led them
to recommend death.
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