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Statutes of Limitations in Florida Criminal Cases

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

You may hear the term “statute of limitations” in connection with Florida criminal cases, but may not give much thought to what it means. In many situations, a person is arrested for a crime at the scene or within a short amount of time later. Florida’s statute of limitations is so far off that… Read More »

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Fentanyl Dealers To Face Death Penalty Under New Florida Law

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

On October 1, 2017, a Florida law went into effect that imposes criminal liability in a somewhat unusual way: Fentanyl, a potent and deadly opioid, will now be included in the state’s murder statutes, which means that a dealer can actually be convicted of homicide simply by selling the drug. The Orlando Sentinel reported… Read More »

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Death Penalty Cases Will Proceed in Florida

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

In a reversal from its previous position on the death penalty, the Florida Supreme Court issued an order on February 20, 2017 allowing these cases to proceed. Fox 35 Orlando reported on the ruling, which came despite an unconstitutional law that’s still in effect. The state legislature is working to re-write certain provisions and… Read More »

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Federal Government May Seek Death for Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooter

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Millions of Americans read, watched, or heard about the horror that unfolded at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 6, 2017. Esteban Santiago stands accused of shooting nearly a dozen airport travelers, killing five and injuring six, before surrendering to authorities, according to a Miami Herald report. The trial, which will proceed in federal… Read More »

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U.S. Supreme Court Rules Florida’s Death Penalty Sentencing System is Unconstitutional

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that Florida’s death penalty sentencing system is unconstitutional; as such, this will lead to significant issues that must be decided by Florida relating to the current inmates awaiting execution on death row. Florida’s current system in place was found to be unconstitutional due to the fact that… Read More »

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The Future of the Death Penalty in Florida: Will Jury Unanimity Be Required by the Florida Supreme Court?

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

The future of the death penalty system in Florida is currently on trial in the Florida Supreme Court. After considering arguments made in October of this year, the Florida Supreme Court will provide a ruling on the fate of the death penalty system by the beginning of 2016. The issue: the constitutionality of the… Read More »

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Studies Show That There is Little To No Deterrent Value of the Death Penalty on the Commission of Homicides

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

What is the purpose behind punishment? What is the effect that punishment has on the way that our criminal justice system works? These are some of the questions that are currently reevaluating the way in which our society sentences many charged criminal defendants. According to a new study, however, the deterrence factor on some… Read More »

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The Aggravating and Mitigating Circumstances Surrounding Application of the Death Penalty

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Florida is still one of several states in the United States which currently permits the use of the death penalty. With such high-profile homicide cases such as the Jodi Arias case and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (also known as the Boston Marathon Bomber), the death penalty is discussed and evaluated by juries to determine whether or… Read More »

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Proposed Changes to Florida’s Death Penalty Jury Requirements

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Recently the Supreme Court has agreed to evaluate the role that juries play in criminal cases when sentencing the death penalty. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the issue of the jury role in death penalty sentencing is based largely on a recent criminal proceeding where the jury was split as to whether the… Read More »

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SCOTUS Stays a Florida Execution: A Review on the Current Lethal Injection Protocol

By Kevin J. Kulik, P.A. |

Florida’s execution protocol has been put under the microscope by the United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS), which on February 25, 2015 decided to uphold a stay of execution for a defendant on death row in Florida. This stay of execution comes at the heels of three Oklahoma defendants who petitioned against the current lethal… Read More »

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