As the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether Florida’s electric chair is cruel and unusual punishment, the state’s highest court is taking steps to ensure that convicted killers are not sentenced to death without adequate legal counsel.
The Florida Supreme Court last week adopted new rules of criminal procedure that set minimum standards for attorneys who try cases in which an accused killer faces death, or capital cases. The standards are the result of a two-year study by a committee appointed by the Legislature.
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