Florida Commentary

A few days ago, Mike Thomas of the Orlando Sentinel wrote a commentary piece about the arbitrary nature of Florida’s death penalty. In it, he brings up some valid points about the system, that go beyond pro or anti death penalty and simply examine the facts of the costs, the politics and so on. It’s excellent reading, and quite brief. Check it out here. Here’s a brief excerpt:

“There is no rhyme or reason here,” Thomas wrote. “A governor’s decision on whose death warrant to sign, as well as a judge’s decision on which appeal to accept, are about as arbitrary as a prosecutor’s decision to pursue the death penalty.  We spend an estimated $51 million annually on this nonsense, and for our investment we haven’t executed anyone going on a year and a half.”

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