Each week, the Orlando Sentinel asks two questions of 100 community leaders in Central Florida. Those with access to the online Sentinel can read all of this week’s 100-word responses when there are published online, usually late Saturday. For those without access, my responses are below. Selected responses appear in the Sunday print edition.
What was the biggest story of the week?
Florida’s death penalty continues to face challenges after the state Supreme Court tossed out the sentence of a man condemned to death without a unanimous recommendation of the jury. This follows the ruling last January by the U.S Supreme Court that Florida’s death penalty process was unconstitutional, because it left sentencing in the hands of judges rather than juries. It remains unclear how many of Florida’s 385 inmates on death row will be impacted by these unfolding happenings in the courts. Given the systemic prejudices in the justice system, any light shown on the process is likely a good thing.
What will be the biggest story in the coming week?
Pressure builds for a presidential election recount in Florida following news that Green Party candidate Jill Stein in requesting recounts in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. While Stein cannot demand the recount in Florida, a petition on change.org currently calls on Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner to make it happen. Whether or not a recount changes the election results, the exercise may be critical to continuing confidence in the electoral process, which has faced a credible threat of hacking. Given the contentious climate in which we find ourselves, every effort should be made to ensure no mischief as taken place.
The series focuses on state and local news.
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