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The length of time on death row is a complicated issue. But, the main reason in my opinion is the Supreme Court itself. Justice Breyer never mentioned this in any of his passionate dissents.

Mainly, the Court's refusal to accept a Ring related case from the Florida Supreme Court until 2016 only added to the mass confusion of the Florida statute. They had Bottoson v Moore and King v Moore in which they granted stays pending the resolution of Ring. SCOTUS denied certiorari without comment on both cases. This resulted in confusion with several Justices of the FSC and other courts. If the Court didn't want King or Moore, they should have selected a case from direct appeal instead of waiting 14 years to accept Hurst.

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