Timely or Shameful Justice?

The average stay on death row before an execution is 13 years. The goal of legislation called the Timely Justice Act is to cut the waiting time to ten years. Its critics call it shameful justice.

"We're not sure why there is such a hurry, certainly at a time when Florida is also the leading state in the number of exonerations," said Sheila Meehan.

The legislation requires reports from the Supreme Court on the status of cases, sets up a provision for a death warrant to be signed if the Governor isn’t carrying out his duties, and it requires the Governor to act quickly after conducting clemency.

“It's potentially dangerous for people who are in their appeals process, the governor's office says that it will not speed up appeals, that people will be allowed their full range of court hearings," said Sheila Hopkins.

The legislation also reinstates an office of state lawyers to represent death row inmates on appeal.

"The Capital Regional Council are expert in this type of process, and so generally you get better representation,” said Raoul Cantero.

Governor Rick Scott is averaging more executions per year than any of these governors in recent Florida history, and why that is so surprising is because Scott has told people that he didn't realize that signing warrants is part of the job description when he signed up.

Double murder Marshall Gore is set to die June 24, if carried out; he will be Rick Scott's 9th execution.

William Van Poyck was executed last week he spent 24 years waiting for his death.


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