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Supreme Court Clears The Way For Execution Of Florida Man On Death Row For 30 Years

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 29/10/2015 Kelly Chen

The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for Florida to execute a man convicted of fatally stabbing his ex-wife, young daughter and two in-laws in 1985.

The court majority rejected without comment Jerry Correll's request for a stay at 6:40 p.m. Thursday, 40 minutes after the execution was scheduled.

Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor dissented, saying Correll's execution should be delayed while the court decides whether Florida's capital punishment system is constitutional. The system says the jury's vote on whether to impose a death sentence is only advisory with the judge making the final decision.

Breyer also said keeping a prisoner on death row for 30 years constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

The 59-year-old Correll was found guilty and sentenced to death for killing his former wife Susan Correll; their 5-year-old daughter, Tuesday; Susan Correll's mother, Mary Lou Hines; and Susan Correll's sister Marybeth Jones.


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