Death Penalty and Juror Unanimity
How many jurors does it take to determine whether or not the defendant should be put to death? For many years in Florida, the answer to that question was seven. However, there are two legislative proposals one in the Florida House and the other in Florida Senate to raise that number to 10 and 12 respectively. While it looks like the House will prevail, there are some who believe that Florida should require juror unanimity before putting someone to death. Unanimity is the standard followed by most states that still permit the death penalty. To read an op-ed in support of unanimity go here.