After the jury’s decision, Governor Ron DeSantis said reforms are needed, but hasn’t specified what action he or the legislature will take.
“He couldn’t do that by executive order – the legislature would have to not repeal that statute, but amend that statute,” said Jonathan Rose, an Orlando criminal defense attorney.
“That could be done in any number of ways, whether that’s a good idea or not under these circumstances is up for debate.”
Rose cautions against death penalty reforms in reaction to Cruz’s case.
“I understand the outrage, I understand their anger, but this is something that should not be dealt with in a reactionary or summary fashion in my view,” said Rose.
“This is a one-size-fits-all situation – there’s no way to adjust the statutes and the rules for how people are put to death depending on what the evidence of the case is – so I would hope the Governor and the legislature are very judicious about how they handle this moving forward, if there is anything to be handled at all.”
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