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This week’s death penalty trial of Markeith Loyd will include the following motion by Terence Lenamon to prevent the prosecution from introducing evidence in other alleged crimes involving Markeith Loyd. Read the full text of the filings here, as presented to the judge: DEFENSE MOTION TO STRIKE Defense Amended Motion to S… by on Scribd   STATE’S NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE THE EVIDENCE State of Florida’s 2017… by on Scribd  …
About ten days ago, Terence Lenamon’s motion to have former Florida state attorney Aramis Ayala testify for the defense in the death penalty trial of Markeith Loyd was denied by Judge Leticia Marques.  For details on Ayala’s stance on the death penalty and how that played in the Loyd proceedings, read our earlier discussion (which includes the full text of the defense motion seeking her mitigating testimony).  From that motion: Ayala’s testimony is significant…
Today, Terence Lenamon argued his motion that  Florida State Attorney Aramis Ayala be allowed to testify as part of the defense for Markeith Loyd.  Back in 2017, Ms. Ayala declined to seek the death penalty as prosecutor in the Loyd case; as a result, Governor Rick Scott replaced her at the state’s trial table.  (Watch an excerpt of the hearing here.) Trial Court Judge Leticia Marques denied the motion. The Loyd case is…
Terence Lenamon will once again be teaching at the In Defense of the Damned Seminar presented by Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers’ College. The seminar will be held at the TLC Ranch outside of Dubois, Wyoming, near Yellowstone National Park over June 21-29.   If you are interested in the possibility of attending this seminar, act fast.  There is already a wait list. Details about the Seminar from the TLC website: ABOUT “CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS SERVE BOTH THE…
As reported in the Tallahassee Democrat in its article “Funding for court-appointed counsel dries up; JAC can’t pay bills,” written by Jeffrey Schweers and published on April 11, 2019, Florida’s Justice Administrative Commission has run out of money. Accordingly, Terence Lenamon has filed a motion to continue the current death penalty trial of Markeith Loyd, with all proceedings being placed on hold for around two months, giving JAC time to get back on…
Across the world, death sentences and executions are happening for all sorts of reasons, and in many countries the legal protections advanced by Terence Lenamon and other criminal defense lawyers like him are not provided to the accused or to the convicted. 2018: More Executions in the United States This month, Amnesty International released its latest findings into executions by the government worldwide.  Among them: Amnesty International recorded at least 690 executions in 20 countries…
Terence Lenamon’s upcoming capital case docket involves the death penalty defense of Michael James Jackson.   Jackson is currently a resident of Florida’s Death Row. Continuing Impact of Hurst on Florida Death Penalty This case is one of the many Florida death penalty cases that have gone under review in the aftermath of Hurst v. Florida.  For details on the Supreme Court of the United States’ ruling in Hurst, see: Florida Supreme Court Rules in Hurst v.
California Governor Gavin Newsom Blocks Capital Punishment Throughout the State, Ending Death Penalty in a Single Order In Florida, Texas, and most other states where prosecutors are given the option of seeking the death penalty (as are federal prosecutors under federal law), the focus is upon the individual case.  Will the state ask for death?  Will it file its Notice of Intent to Seek the Death Penalty?  If so, then the defense team responds.  Both…