The front exterior of the Florida Supreme Court Building in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2011. Wikimedia Commons / User: Bruin79
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Florida's Supreme Court wrestled with whether an inmate sentenced to death under a system found to be unconstitutional should have his punishment reduced to life in prison, and the lives of nearly 400 other condemned prisoners may depend on the decision.David Davis, the attorney for inmate Timothy Lee Hurst, argued for the lesser punishment Thursday after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that Florida's death sentencing system gave too much deference to judges, not juries.The Florida Supreme Court did not immediately rule, and will use the arguments to help decide whether to reduce Hurst's sentences, and perhaps those of the state's 389 death row inmates. Two executions have been halted since the Supreme Court's ruling in January, and attorneys for those inmates have asked the court to impose life sentences for all inmates sentenced to death under the state's old system.
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