Death Penalty Over The Last Year
Executions have been on hold since the botched execution of death row inmate Angel Diaz nearly a year ago, and with Thursday stay of execution of Mark Schwab, what does it mean for the State of Florida when it comes to Capital Punishment.
The Supreme Court has ordered stays in a number of executions this past year.
The Court is considering the appeals of two Kentucky inmates and whether the three-drug combination should be administered there; Florida uses the same combination.
With so many inmates on death row and executions being postponed, will judges be hesitant to give the death sentence? Some say no.
"The principles that are to be applied in terms of the decision of whether or not death is a appropriate sanction have not changed because of the dispute over the method of execution," says Chief Judge Stan Morris, 8th Judicial Circuit Judge.
Judge Morris adds that right now the State of Florida is in a stand still, he says hopefully the ruling will clarify whether there are any problems with this procedure and what the necessary rules and regulations and training should be.
He predicts the U.S. Supreme Court will make their decision before the summer.
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