Why is the US Supreme Court deciding who gets to decide on who gets the death penalty?
Posted On September 19, 2021
By DAN SULLIVAN and RICHARD M. WALTERJANSEHANWASHINGTON (AP) For the first time, the Supreme Court is deciding who will decide on whether a convicted killer will be executed.
The justices are set to hear arguments Thursday in the landmark case of the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin.
The death penalty is on the books in 21 states and Washington, D.C. But in Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit said in a recent ruling that Florida has the “highest rate of capital punishment” in the nation.
That’s despite the state being one of the few states that has not executed anyone since 1976.
In recent years, the state has carried out the most executions in the country, with more than 1,300 in recent years.
In the case, Martin was convicted of killing George Zimmerman, a black 18-year-old, in a Miami neighborhood on Feb. 26, 2012.
Zimmerman was acquitted in a Florida jury trial in 2011.
He was also acquitted in the 2012 death of George H.W. Bush, who was president at the time.
In a statement, the White House said President Donald Trump was “very pleased” that the court agreed to hear the case and would soon issue its decision.
The president called the ruling “a huge win for the lives of many innocent people in our country.”
A lawyer for Zimmerman’s family, Mark O’Mara, said in an interview that the ruling would be a significant blow for Zimmerman and his family.
He said the case would determine if the U,S.
Supreme Court would hear cases challenging the constitutionality of the execution process.
The 9th U.
C, which includes Florida, has been among the country’s most liberal states.
But its ruling is not binding on the Supreme States.