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On January 5, 2000, the Florida Legislature was convened in Special Session by Governor Jeb Bush to address capital appeals reforms. During the Special Session, legislators raised certain issues requiring further study of the sentencing of defendants in capital cases. As a result, Executive Order 2000-1 was issued which created a 15-member Task Force on Capital Cases. Executive Order 2000-1 was amended by Executive Order 2000-26 to study evidence of discrimination, if any, in the sentencing of defendants in capital cases, including consideration of race, ethnicity, gender, and the possible mental retardation of the defendant. The initial meeting of the Capital Cases Task Force (CCTF) was held on January 28, 2000, Room 37LL, Senate Office Building, Tallahassee, Florida. On March 6, 2000, Governor Bush signed Executive Order 2000-59 extending the time period for the Task Force to accomplish their intended goals. The Task Force was to present their executive summary no later than April 10, 2000.
This series documents the activities of the Capital Cases Task Force in researching the sentencing of defendants in capital cases. The series consists of articles, reports, correspondence, expert witness testimony, case law (McClesky v. Zant; U.S. Supreme Court v. Penry; McClesky v. Kemp; Hall v. State of Florida; The People of the State of New York v. Hale; and Cochran v. State of Florida), law reviews (Stanford, Cornell, University of Florida and Arkansas), Florida Senate Journal from Special Session A: January 6, 2000, unofficial transcripts of meetings, handwritten notes of unidentified task force members, statistical findings regarding demographics of death row inmates and the death penalty, and a videotape by Temple University Institute on Disabilities. The series also includes other material presented before the Capital Cases Task Force, including: an index; a report on racism and the death penalty; a report on racial characteristics; a narrative report on how some other states approach the issues on capital cases; a report on the statutes of some states in regard to the operation of capital cases; a report on race and prosecutorial discretion; a guide for attorneys in dealing with people with mental retardation; a report and recommendations from the Florida Supreme Court Racial and Ethnic Bias Study Commission; a report by the United States Department of Justice on capital punishment from 1998; a report from the Florida Public Corruption Study Commission; and a report by the State of Florida on the abolition of the death penalty in capital cases from 1963-1965.
Presenters before the Capital Cases Task Force included law enforcement officials, members of the Association for Retarded Persons of Florida, college professors, psychologists, medical doctors, mental health professionals, the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families, representatives from the Capital Collateral Counsel, lawyers, etc.
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Death Penalty in Capital Cases, Special Commission for the Study of the Abolition of the. Florida. Dept. of Corrections. Florida. Division of Retardation. Florida. Governor (1999-2007 : Bush)
Capital punishment History Florida Clemency, Executive. Crime Florida Death penalty. Death Row Florida Death Row inmates Florida Mental retardation Florida
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