Does Florida’s death sentencing scheme violate the sixth amendment or the eighth amendment in light of the US Supreme Court Ruling in Ring v. Arizona, 539 U.S. 584 (2002)? On October 13, 2015 the US Supreme Court will hear arguments on this very question. Does the decision in Ring v. Arizona, 539 U.S. 584 (2002) have any applicability to Florida’s death sentencing scheme generally? Does the jury’s findings of aggravating factors need to be unanimous? Does the jury play a role in determining the factual issue of the Defendant’s mental status? Does the lack of unanimity not offend our standards of decency as required by the Eighth Amendment?
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