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Two days after instructing federal prosecutors to seek the death penalty in drug-related cases, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Tallahassee on Thursday to promote President Donald Trump’s plan to combat the deadly opioid epidemic.

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President Trump outlined a wide-ranging plan to combat the opioid epidemic on Monday, including an ad campaign to discourage drug use, expand addiction treatment and pursue a get-tough approach to law enforcement.

"Whether you are a dealer or doctor or trafficker or a manufacturer, if you break the law and illegally peddle these deadly poisons, we will find you, we will arrest you, and we will hold you accountable," Trump told an audience in Manchester, N.H.

"Failure is not an option," he added. "Addiction is not our future."

Facing Death Penalty, Parkland School Shooting Suspect In Court

Mar 14, 2018
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Now formally facing the death penalty, the suspect in the Valentine's Day school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland is headed for a court appearance Wednesday on a 34-count indictment.

Florida Senators have teed up a change to the state’s death penalty rules now heading to the chamber floor. It comes two years after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the previous system unconstitutional.

Already, the Florida Supreme Court has rejected more than three dozen appeals involving death row inmates, who received their sentences before 2002 and did not require unanimous juries. A panel of Florida lawmakers is now trying again to make a fix to that part of the state’s death penalty process.

Justices Reject 10 More Death Penalty Appeals

Feb 4, 2018
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The Florida Supreme Court on Friday turned down appeals by 10 longtime Death Row inmates, as it continued rejecting batches of similar cases.

Supreme Court Justices Reject 10 More Death Penalty Appeals

Feb 4, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court on Friday turned down appeals by 10 longtime Death Row inmates, as it continued rejecting batches of similar cases.

The court has rejected 80 such appeals during the past two weeks in eight batches. Like the earlier cases, Friday’s rulings involved Death Row inmates who were sentenced before a 2002 cutoff date.

Supreme Court Rejects Another 10 Death Row Appeals

Jan 28, 2018
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After issuing another batch of 10 rulings Friday, the Florida Supreme Court this week rejected a total of 40 death-penalty appeals on similar legal grounds.

Supreme Court Rejects 10 Death Penalty Appeals

Jan 23, 2018
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The Florida Supreme Court on Monday rejected appeals by 10 death row inmates, including a man scheduled to be executed Feb. 22 in the 1993 slaying of a University of West Florida student.

Death Sentence Tossed Out In Teen's Murder

Dec 22, 2017
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More than 15 years after a teen was abducted in Miami Beach, raped and fatally shot in the head along Interstate 95, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the death sentence of one of her attackers.

The decision to order a new sentencing proceeding for Death Row inmate Joel Lebron in the April 2002 murder of 18-year-old Ana Maria Angel was part of a series of similar rulings during the past year because juries were not unanimous in recommending death sentences.

Prosecutor Misses Filing Deadline To Seek Death Penalty

Nov 19, 2017
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A Florida prosecutor who recently reversed a blanket policy against executions has missed the filing deadline to pursue the death penalty in a murder case.

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Florida is scheduled to execute an inmate on Wednesday who was convicted of slashing one man's throat and fatally shooting another six times in 1991.

Supreme Court Rejects Stay In Pending Execution

Nov 2, 2017
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One week before Death Row inmate Patrick Hannon is scheduled to be put to death, the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to grant a stay of execution.

Anti-Death Penalty Prosecutor's Office To Seek Execution

Oct 27, 2017
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A state prosecutor is seeking the death penalty after losing a legal battle with the governor over her previous blanket policy against executions.

State Supreme Court Rejects Stay Of November Execution

Oct 18, 2017
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With no explanation, the Florida Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a request to stay the scheduled Nov. 8 execution of Patrick C. Hannon, who was sentenced to death in the 1991 murders of two men in Hillsborough County.

Scott Schedules Execution In Hillsborough Murders

Oct 8, 2017
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Less than 24 hours after the state executed Death Row inmate Cary Michael Lambrix, Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed a death warrant for a man convicted in two 1991 murders in Hillsborough County.

Florida Inmate Asks Supreme Court To Halt Execution

Oct 4, 2017
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A Florida inmate convicted of killing two people decades ago has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt Thursday's scheduled execution.

Michael Lambrix is set to be executed on Oct. 5.

He was next in line to be executed when a U.S. Supreme Court decision threw Florida's death penalty into limbo. He was one of two Death Row inmates who had active death warrants for a year and a half. Mark Asay, the other inmate, was executed on Aug. 24, breaking the hiatus.

Scott Schedules October Execution In Double Murder

Sep 4, 2017
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Gov. Rick Scott on Friday scheduled an Oct. 5 execution for Cary Michael Lambrix, a Death Row inmate convicted of killing Aleisha Bryant and Clarence Moore in 1983 after escaping from a work-release program.

A Florida prosecutor who fought and lost a battle with the governor over her decision not to seek the death penalty said Friday that she will comply with a state Supreme Court decision and seek it in future cases if it is unanimously recommended by a panel of her assistant prosecutors.

Death Sentences Vacated In Double Murder

Sep 1, 2017
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In one in a series of similar rulings this year, the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new sentencing proceeding for a Death Row inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend and a man in 2007 in Flagler County.

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The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Gov. Rick Scott in a high-profile dispute about whether he exceeded his authority by stripping Orlando-area State Attorney Aramis Ayala of death penalty cases.

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Hillsborough County State Attorney Andrew Warren has withdrawn pursuit of the death penalty in five of 24 cases he inherited when he took over the office in January, The Tampa Bay Times reported. A sixth defendant avoided death row with a guilty plea.

Thursday night, Florida executed Mark Asay, who was declared dead at 6:22 p.m. He broke Florida’s year-and-a-half hiatus for the death penalty as the first person executed since January 2016.

While the state of Florida is set to execute the first person in more than a year and a half, 150 other Death Row inmates await new sentences.

The death penalty was put on hold in the state after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case of Hurst v. Florida that the process applied for sentencing someone to death was unconstitutional. 

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The drug etomidate has never before been used in any U.S. execution, but the state of Florida hopes that won't result in the state's first execution in more than 18 months being halted by the nation's highest court Thursday.

If his final appeals are denied by the U.S. Supreme Court, Mark Asay is to die by lethal injection after 6 p.m. Asay, 53, was convicted by a jury of two 1987 Jacksonville murders that prosecutors said were racially motivated.

Executions Ready To Resume Thursday

Aug 23, 2017
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Florida's death penalty hiatus is slated to end Thursday, when the state plans to execute the first Death Row prisoner in more than 19 months.

Florida Supreme Court Won’t Block Asay’s Execution

Aug 15, 2017
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Rejecting arguments about a new lethal-injection procedure, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday refused to block the scheduled Aug. 24 execution of Death Row inmate Mark James Asay.

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