Florida lawmakers propose getting rid of unanimous jury recommendations for the death penalty

Florida lawmakers have filed a bill to get rid of a requirement that a jury must be unanimous in order for a convicted criminal to be sentenced to death. If passed, it would allow judges in the state to impose the death penalty if 8 out of 12 jurors agree. The issue has gained momentum after a South Florida jury sentenced Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz to life in prison because 3 of the jurors voted against the death penalty.

Parkland shooter's defense files motion to disqualify judge from trial after heated exchange in courtroom

Attorneys for Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz have filed a motion demanding for the judge in his murder case to be disqualified, claiming he will not get a fair trial. The move comes after Judge Elizabeth Scherer berated the defense in court for abruptly resting their case despite only calling 25 of their 80 witnesses — calling it "the most uncalled for, unprofessional way to try a case."