Florida's death penalty fix signed by Gov. Rick Scott

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A bill to fix Florida's death penalty was signed Monday by Gov. Rick Scott as the state tries for the second time in two years to bring its law into line with court decisions.

The Florida House passed the bill Friday requiring a unanimous jury vote before the death penalty can be imposed. The Senate unanimously approved the measure Thursday. It's a response to court decisions that have left the state's death penalty law in limbo.

The U.S. Supreme Court in January 2016 declared Florida's death penalty sentencing law unconstitutional because it gave too much power to judges.

Last year, a bill requiring a 10-2 jury vote was enacted. The state Supreme Court struck it down in October, saying a unanimous decision was needed.

© 2017 Associated Press


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