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Florida Gov. Signs DP Reform Bill

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On Friday, Gov. Scott of Florida signed the relatively modest reform bill that passed the Legislature.  The primary fix in the bill is to address the delays in issuing warrants for execution after the judicial reviews of the case have concluded.  The postconviction review processes are not significantly changed, although the bill contains a reporting requirement for the courts.

Mary Ellen Klas has this story for the Tampa Bay Times.  Among others, she quotes the ACLU reaction:

"Gov. Scott came to Tallahassee to restructure our economy and drag us out of the recession, but if this happens history will note him as the governor who signed more warrants than anyone else,'' said Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida.
This is nonsense of course.  Scott will be known primarily by the outcome of his economic efforts.  But there is certainly nothing wrong in being known, additionally, as a governor who delivered effective justice in the very worst murder cases.

Update:  The Governor's signing statement is here.

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| "history will note him as the governor who signed more warrants than anyone else" |

If so, I shall indeed revere him for this,
"and cypress midst his laurels weave, in the hour of victory".

"So that a man shall say, 'Verily there is a reward for the righteous'".


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