A roundup of the latest headlines about Florida’s death row:
Florida Innocence Commission Final Report Implores Reforms: As I mentioned in a previous post, the Florida Innocence Commission released their final report, and called for more funding for the Florida justice system. In an editorial in the Ocala Star-Banner, the paper’s editorial board discusses the findings.
Fla. Supreme Court Affirms Death Sentence: The Florida Supreme Court recently affirmed the death penalty sentence for a Jacksonville man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend in January 2009. Justin McMillian was convicted for the murder of 26-year-old Danielle Stubbs, who was found dead in her town home by her brother and parents.
The Long, Slow Death of Innocence: Kris Maharaj has been in jail in Miami since 1986 for a double murder, yet evidence indicates there is no way that he was the killer. His attorney, Clive Stafford Smith, asks “what went wrong with American justice?”
Death Penalty Tossed Out in South Florida Murder Case: The Florida Supreme Court has thrown out the death sentence of a South Florida man in the 2001 murder of an Opa-locka auto repair shop owner. The court upheld Wadada Delhall’s first-degree murder conviction, but vacated the death sentence and ordered a new sentencing. The justices said an overzealous prosecutor tainted the sentencing by appearing committed in closing arguments to winning a death sentence instead of seeking justice.
Former School Principal Could Face Death Penalty After Florida Rampage: A former middle school principal with a criminal record for crack cocaine could face the death penalty after going on a deadly knife, car and hammer rampage in Florida. Anthony Giancola is charged with first-degree murder after a frenzied attack in which he killed two people before crashing his car into a crowded porch and brutally attacking a couple at a motel.