When it comes to capital punishment in Florida, which is the greater outrage: that it took so long to execute Larry Mann, whom the state put to death last week, 32 years after he kidnapped and murdered 10-year-old Elisa Nelson? Or that 23 inmates have been released from Death Row, the most of any state?
In the Florida Legislature, the clear priority is the first outrage. Bills that have cleared two committees in the House and Senate would place on the 2014 ballot a constitutional amendment that would shift rulemaking for capital cases from the Florida Supreme Court to the Legislature and then set new rules designed to speed up executions.
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