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Now on trial in Florida -- 390 inmates on death row

Now on trial in Florida -- 390 inmates on death row

Justices on the Florida Supreme Court on Thursday peppered attorneys with questions about what to do with Timothy Lee Hurst, a death row inmate who murdered his boss at a Pensacola fried chicken restaurant in 1998.

It's the justices' job to deal with Florida's broken death penalty system.

In January, after studying what happened at Hurst's trial, the U.S. Supreme Court declared the state's death penalty statute unconstitutional. It violated an inmate's right to a trial by jury, the high court wrote, because in Florida a judge, not a jury, imposed the sentence. Florida has halted executions since Jan. 12, when the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision.

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