Hurst v. Florida Oral Argument

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Hurst v. Florida, docket number 14-7505, on the constitutionality of Florida’s death penalty system. A Florida jury’s recommendation for the death penalty was… read more

The Supreme Court heard oral argument in Hurst v. Florida, docket number 14-7505, on the constitutionality of Florida’s death penalty system. A Florida jury’s recommendation for the death penalty was an “advisory opinion” and did not need to be unanimous. When Timothy Hurst was convicted of murder the jury recommended death in a 7-5 vote. The judge in the case went with the jury’s recommendation. Mr. Hurst’s lawyers argued that the Sixth Amendment requires that a jury, not a judge, must decide the “aggravating factors” necessary to impose the death penalty. Discussion included the court’s 2002 ruling in Ring v. Arizona. It was also argued that Mr. Hurst’s intellectual disability made the death penalty “cruel and unusual punishment” under the Eighth Amendment. close

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Program ID:
328641-1
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
Judicial Proceeding
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 17, 2015 | 5:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
Last Aired:
Aug 02, 2016 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2

Airing Details

  • Oct 17, 2015 | 5:18pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Oct 19, 2015 | 8:01am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 23, 2015 | 11:45am EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Oct 30, 2015 | 3:19pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 04, 2015 | 6:58pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Nov 12, 2015 | 11:32am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Nov 13, 2015 | 4:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jan 16, 2016 | 5:25pm EST | C-SPAN 1
  • Jan 22, 2016 | 9:27pm EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Jan 23, 2016 | 3:26am EST | C-SPAN 3
  • Aug 02, 2016 | 6:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
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