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Death Penalty Ruling Caps Busy Week For Florida Supreme Court, Legislature

Jan 25, 2020

Week two of the 2020 legislative session is in the books.

But bigger news was made this week at the Florida Supreme Court than at the building across the street, a Capitol chock full of lawmakers who are starting to develop session intrigue.

The Florida Supreme Court said Thursday that unanimous jury recommendations are not necessary before death sentences can be imposed, as justices backed away from a 2016 decision that revamped the state’s capital-punishment system.

The 4-1 ruling offered a clear picture of how much the Supreme Court has changed since last January, when a conservative majority took control after the retirements of longtime justices Barbara Pariente, R. Fred Lewis and Peggy Quince.

The Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously rejected an appeal seeking to prevent the execution of Death Row inmate James Dailey in the 1985 murder of a 14-year-old girl in Pinellas County.

Little more than two weeks before Death Row inmate James Dailey was scheduled to be executed, a federal judge Wednesday issued a stay that will keep Dailey alive until at least the end of December.

With his execution scheduled for Nov. 7, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Death Row inmate convicted in the 1985 murder of a 14-year-old girl in Pinellas County.

More than 34 years after the nude body of a 14-year-old girl was found in Pinellas County, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Wednesday signed a death warrant for convicted murderer James Dailey.

Gary Ray Bowles
Florida Department of Corrections

Gary Ray Bowles, a serial killer who preyed on older gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead, was executed by lethal injection Thursday at Florida State Prison.

Gary Ray Bowles
Florida Department of Corrections

A serial killer who preyed on older, gay men during an eight-month spree that left six dead on or near the U.S. East Coast a quarter century ago is scheduled to be executed Thursday evening.

Attorney General Weighs In On Death Penalty Changes

Jun 5, 2019

Attorney General Ashley Moody’s office is urging the Florida Supreme Court to reverse course on decisions that allowed dozens of convicted murderers to have their death sentences reconsidered.