In 2006, the American Bar Association showed Florida how to fix the state’s death penalty system in the best way. Having ignored those ideas for seven years, the Legislature now proposes to fix the system in the worst way.
Heading to Gov. Rick Scott is House Bill 7083, titled “The Timely Justice Act.” Rather than seek to make sure that executions are carried out fairly, the legislation seeks to have executions happen sooner. In the state with the most exonerations from Death Row — 24 since 1979 — this would be like giving Bernie Madoff a new line of credit.
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