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Quotation

There is no other state that permits anyone to be sentenced to death other than by a unanimous determination by the jury… And the State of Florida requires unanimity for shoplifting, just not for death.

— Seth P. Waxman, an attorney for Florida death row prisoner Timothy Lee Hurst, condemning the Sunshine State’s horrible capital punishment statute (Justices question Florida’s death penalty system, The New York Times).