Supreme Court rules Florida’s death penalty system unconstitutional

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January 13, 2016

The U.S. flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington in this file photo from May 18, 2015. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters) See SCOTUS-FLORIDA-DEATH-PENALTY Jan. 13, 2016.

The U.S. flag flies in front of the Supreme Court in Washington in this file photo from May 18, 2015. (CNS photo/Joshua Roberts, Reuters)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 12 said the state of Florida’s death penalty system is unconstitutional because it allows judges, rather than juries, to determine whether a convicted criminal should get a death sentence.

Michael B. Sheedy, executive director of the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops in Tallahassee, said the conference was “pleased this decision was issued so promptly” on what was the first day of Florida’s 2016 legislative session.

“This should compel the Legislature to address the issue immediately,” he said in a statement emailed to Catholic News Service.

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