Editorial: A day of infamy at Florida's Death Court

Thursday was a day of infamy at the Florida Supreme Court. Over one anguished dissent, five arch-conservative justices discarded a nearly 50-year-old precedent in order to approve more executions, not caring whether the prisoners actually deserve to die.The justices renounced their duty to review death sentences for proportionality — that is, whether execution would be too severe in comparison to other cases.The court adopted that policy in 1973 as its basis for upholding Florida’s new death penalty law, which had been enacted after the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1972 decision that capital punishmen…

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