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How JAC impacts the Florida Death Penalty: Indigent Defense Legal Fees For over 40 years, Florida’s Justice Administrative Commission (“JAC”) has provided administrative support to the state judicial branch.  Among its managerial tasks is overseeing the payment of court-appointed lawyers who represent defendants unable to afford counsel (indigent defendants).  In 2004, JAC was first given the job of reviewing and approving invoices of private attorneys who had been appointed by the courts to represent indigent…
This month, the trial of Markeith Loyd continues in an Orlando courtroom with Terry Lenamon at the defense table. While prior Florida state attorney Ayala declined to proceed with the death penalty, it is back on the table. For more on the Markeith Loyd case, see: Markeith Loyd Motion to Disqualify Trial Judge: Details on Recusal Request Defense To Call State Attorney Ayala as Mitigation Witness Against Death Penalty in Markeith Loyd Case Lenamon Files
The Death Penalty Information Center has released its annual Year End analysis of the state of capital punishment in this country.  Go here to read the entire report, “The Death Penalty in 2018: Year End Report.”     2018: Death Penalty in Florida Of course, the State of Florida is included in this yearly recap on both death sentences and executions, as well as exonerations for those living on Florida’s Death Row.  What were…
Markeith Loyd Trial: Judge Denies Recusal Request This week, Orange-Osceola Chief Judge Frederick Lauten denied the defense motion seeking his recusal, filed by Terence Lenamon on December 5, 2018.  See, “Chief judge won’t recuse himself in Markeith Loyd case,” written by Gal Tziperman Lotan and published by the Orlando Sentinel on December 10, 2018.   Excerpt from the Motion: Fair Trial or Prejudice The following excerpt explains some of the defense arguments regarding how…
Every so often, we recommend a good read – usually a single book or novel that deals with capital punishment in some way. Today, we’re recommending a series of books by a single author: John Grisham. John Grisham on the Death Penalty For his personal take on the death penalty, check out Mr. Grisham’s op-ed piece last year in USA Today: “Stop the execution madness in Arkansas: John Grisham,” or watch his interview…
Terence Lenamon is in trial today defending Markeith Loyd in what appears to be a day-long proceeding involving dozens of motions.  Watch it live at Wild About Trials (or view it in the archive). In two of Terry Lenamon’s capital cases, he has filed motions for continuance of the trial dates because of funding issues.  The motions have been filed in the Loyd proceeding as well as in State of Florida v. Paul Hildwin. Full…
This week, seven Florida capital cases were decided by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) as the High Court issued its orders denying future consideration of requests made by Florida Death Row inmates. All of these cases ask SCOTUS to review decisions made by the Florida Supreme Court as it applies the SCOTUS decision in Hurst v. Florida. We’ve discussed Hurst before; in sum, SCOTUS found the Florida death penalty statute was unconstitutional because…