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YOUR THREE CENTS: Should Florida increase the size of juries in all felony cases to 12 members?
A bill to increase the number of jurors in cases where a life sentence is possible is now beginning to move in both chambers of the Florida Legislature.
Right now only capital cases require a 12-person jury... cases in which the death penalty is an option.
The bill has the support of the Florida Public Defenders Association.
They believe the bigger jury would give a better cross-section of the public and will produce fewer wrongful convictions.
But, the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association says such a change is unnecessary... and there are no problems with the system now.
Florida is one of few states to use a 6 member jury in most criminal cases.
But the state had to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court to do it.
Florida made the switch to smaller juries in 1967.... but it was challenged two years later.
The Supreme Court ruled in 1969 that the smaller jury size was constitutional and the function of a jury could be performed just as well by six jurors.
The court would later rule that juries couldn't be any smaller than that.
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