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When should we seek the death penalty?

Florida prosecutors will be forced to reassess the way they determine whether or not to seek the death penalty in murder cases. Recently a Broward jury rejected State Attorney Mike Satz's plea for death for three convicted cop killers while a second jury spared the life of a man convicted of killing his stepdaughter and her mother. A new law requiring juries to unanimously find at least one aggravating factor and a second unanimous vote recommending death will make it more difficult to effectuate state sanctioned death. The new law brings Florida more in line with other states that still impose the death penalty and ensures that it will be utilized only in the worst of the worst murder cases.

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