TALLAHASSEE, Florida. – More than half of Florida’s inmates sentenced to death can avoid the performance under a far-reaching ruling handed down by the state Supreme Court.
A sharply divided court agreed Thursday to stop blocking the implementation of Mark Asay, a Jacksonville man was sentenced to death in 1987 for the murder of two men.
The court stopped Asay execution in March after the Supreme court of the V. S. found Florida’s death sentencing procedure was flawed, because it offers the possibility of judges to a different conclusion from the jury.
But a majority of the judges have decided that all death sentences imposed in a key 2002 U.s. Supreme Court decision may remain in place. This can clearly executions for nearly half of the 386 inmates currently on Florida’s death row, but it raises questions about the fate of the other prisoners.