Mona Lynch, Professor of Criminology, Law and Society, was quoted in Tampa Bay Times article "Supreme Court Decision likely to lead to fewer death penalty verdicts, experts say." As the result of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, juries in Florida are now required to decide whether to impose the death penalty. Florida is currently the home to the second-largest death row in the nation. Lynch, who has studied how juries reach decisions in capital cases, said that in states like Florida and Alabama where juries give advisory verdicts, there tends to be a "diffusion of responsibility." Aware that a judge might override them, jurors often feel less pressure, making it easier for them to sentence the inmate in front of them to death."Right now, Florida juries can feel like, well, we're just making a recommendation," she said.