Capital Punishment in Florida - Retired Officer and Professor Speaks to High School Students

Renalia Du Bose, Jeff Martlew, Faye Brown

Pictured (left - right) Renalia Du Bose, WMU-Cooley law school professor; Jeff Martlew, WMU-Cooley associate dean; and Faye Brown, retired Hillsborough County detention deputy.

Renalia Du Bose, WMU-Cooley law school professor, and Faye Brown, retired Hillsborough County detention deputy, visited Wiregrass Ranch High School in Pasco County to speak to the Court Procedures and Law Studies classes.

Du Bose spoke about the history of capital punishment, focusing on Hurst v. Florida in which the United States Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 12, 2016 that one aspect of Florida’s capital punishment sentencing procedures violated the Sixth Amendment and was, therefore, unconstitutional. 

“The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Sixth Amendment requires that impartial juries, not judges, should make the final decision regarding capital punishment,” said Dubose.  “Hopefully, the Florida legislature will write a new capital punishment statute during the 2016 legislative session.”

Brown discussed how the students should respond when approached by law enforcement in various situations such as during a traffic stop and during detention.


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