Florida court: Jury must unanimously agree on death penalty

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The fate of convicted killers on Florida's death row — as well as the fate of people awaiting trial for murder — was put in limbo Friday after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that death sentences require a unanimous jury.

By a 5-2 vote the court struck down a newly enacted law allowing a defendant to be sentenced to death as long as 10 out of 12 jurors recommend it. The court added that the new law can no longer be applied to pending prosecutions in the state.

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