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May 9, 2007

Florida ready to get back to executions

As detailed in this Reuters article, Florida appears poised to get back to the business of lethal injection after a hiatus precipitated by a botched execution last December:

Florida will change some execution procedures because of the slow death of a condemned killer last year but will continue to use lethal injection, the state's top prison official said on Wednesday. Florida halted executions in December after Angel Diaz, who was sentenced to death for the 1979 murder of a Miami strip club manager, took 34 minutes to die.

Among the changes: Death chamber personnel will undergo more intensive training on how to insert needles and how to recognize when a prisoner is unconscious, said James McDonough, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections....  Florida would not scrap lethal injection, said McDonough. "The three-drug cocktail that currently is being used here and virtually every other state, is the protocol that we are going to stick with," he said. McDonough said his department would be ready to resume executions within 14 days of implementing changes recommended by a panel appointed to prevent a repeat of the Diaz execution.

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Looks like Crist is going to fire up the death chamber again. Florida has quite a few condemned prisoners who have exhausted their appeals. Florida could easily see a bunch of executions in rapid succession.

Posted by: federalist | May 10, 2007 5:07:02 PM

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