The state of Alabama is on the verge of committing a grossly unconstitutional and irreversible act. It is trying to carry out the execution scheduled for this evening of Ronald Bert Smith, a defendant whose jury voted 7-5 to sentence him to life without parole, but whose sentence was overridden by a judge, who unilaterally […]
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This week the United States Supreme Court accepted for consideration the case of Foster v. Humphrey, regarding Georgia prosecutors’ use of peremptory challenges to strike every black juror in the jury pool in the defendant’s case. Then 18-year-old, black defendant Timothy Tyrone Foster went on to be convicted of the murder of a white woman […]
This is shared for educational and informational purposes only; FIJA National is a strictly educational organization that does not endorse or oppose any legislation, citizens’ initiative, political candidate, or party. Florida is one of a few states where the judgment of a 12-member jury in a capital case to impose a sentence of life without […]
While Florida requires a unanimous vote of jurors to convict a defendant of a death-eligible, capital offense, (a) the jurors’ role in determining whether the defendant is put to death or sentenced to life without parole is only ADVISORY and can be overruled by a single judge, and (b) that recommendation is made based on […]
Florida is another state where the judgment of a 12-member jury for life without parole instead of the death penalty can be ignored and replaced with death by a single judge. In this case, the lead shooter, convicted in 1978 with a jury recommending a death sentence, avoided execution until 2013. On the other hand, […]
Did you know that in Alabama, not only are independent-minded jurors screened out of capital cases through death qualification of juries, but that even when these rigged juries want to impose a penalty of life without parole, a single judge can override twelve verdicts from jurors? 95 times so far Alabama judges have served up […]