New penalty phases to be held for murderer Paul Beasley Johnson.
Shelia Meehan provided this abstract:
Paul Beasley Johnson’s death sentence was vacated by the Florida Supreme Court and he will now get a new Penalty Phase hearing. In murder cases there are two phases — 1) guilt or innocence, and 2) penalty. Governor Crist signed Johnson’s death warrant just a couple of months ago following an on-line petition effort by the local sheriff. Mr. Johnson will now get a new penalty phase hearing because the Florida Supreme Court found that there was serious misconduct by the prosecutors during his original trial almost 30 years ago.
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