Florida’s right-wing Republican governor, Ron DeSantiswants to overturn the constitutional requirement that juries be unanimity for death sentences in his state.

“Okay, get a supermajority,” DeSantis said the Florida Sheriffs Association on Monday. “But you can’t just say that one person votes against and therefore the death penalty is not imposed.”

“Maybe eight out of 12 or something,” he said added.

Florida requires unanimity of juries in death penalty cases since 2017a change made after the US Supreme Court declared unconstitutional a government system that allows a simple majority of a jury to recommend death, and the judge then decides whether to impose it.

In Florida, death row inmates are allowed the choice of electrocution or lethal injection. In accordance with Death Penalty Information Center30 inmates have been exonerated on Florida’s death row — more than in any other US state.

Last year, Desantis was re-elected with a convincing victory. As the leading face of national hard-right Republicans, he has not announced the party’s 2024 presidential bid, but remains the only serious challenger to Donald Trump, the only confirmed candidate, in polls about the race.

Trump is also an enthusiastic supporter of government killings, his administration has been hasty 13 federal death sentences at the end of his tenure in the White House.

On Monday, DeSantis focused his anger on the recent trial of Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland. Floridain February 2018, but was spared the death penalty after three jurors objected.

DeSantis said, “If you’re never going to punish, you just can’t be on a jury. Our law allows it. But you’re in a situation where you have 12 jurors and only one juror vetoes it, and then you don’t get a conviction.”

Referring to Parkland, DeSantis mistakenly said, “I think you had an 11-to-1 decision where 11 said he should get the maximum sentence. One said no. And we don’t know what went into it. But I think that these juries are made up of people who never intend to use the maximum penalty.”

Cruz was awarded to life without parole.

DeSantis said, “There were court decisions, all these other things. The bottom line is that the charter can probably be changed.”

In 2016, the US Supreme Court, which ruled that Florida’s death penalty law violated the Sixth Amendment, consisted of five conservatives and four liberals. Voted 8-1 vs. Floridaonly Samuel Alito disagrees.

Alito is now one of six conservatives on the tough court, which has shown a marked tendency to rule in favor of death penalty supporters.

Recently, Bernard Harcourt, professor of law at Columbia University said the Guardian: “It’s unbelievable what happened with the court. It’s almost as if conservative judges have become the nation’s executioners.”

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