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October 3, 2023

Florida completes its sixth execution of 2023

As reported in this AP piece, "man who killed two women after meeting them a day apart in north Florida bars in 1996 was put to death Tuesday evening." Here is more:

Michael Zack III, 54, was pronounced dead minutes after 6:14 p.m. following a lethal injection at Florida State Prison in Starke....

He was executed for the murder of Ravonne Smith, a bar employee he befriended and later beat and stabbed with an oyster knife in June 1996.  He also was convicted and separately sentenced to life in prison for murdering Laura Rosillo, who he met at another Florida Panhandle bar....

Zack’s lawyers had sought to stop the execution, arguing that he was a victim of fetal alcohol syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.  On Monday afternoon, the U.S. Supreme Court denied Zack’s appeal for a stay of execution without comment.

Zack’s execution was the eighth under Gov. Ron DeSantis since 2019 and the sixth this year after no executions were carried out from 2020 to 2022.  DeSantis has made tougher, more far-reaching death penalty laws an issue in his presidential campaign.

October 3, 2023 at 10:24 PM | Permalink


DeSantis' push for tough-on-crime laws and facilitating executions via less stringent laws won't win over most Americans. He's a regressive politician that could only be elected in a backwards state like Florida.

Posted by: Anon | Oct 3, 2023 11:12:07 PM

How is Florida backward? Because, quelle horreur, it has decided that kids shouldn't be exposed, in school, to all sorts of adult issues?

Posted by: federalist | Oct 4, 2023 9:26:03 AM

federalist --

It's "backward" because it doesn't think third graders need to see drag shows as part of their "education."

Anon doesn't know that the majority in this country approves capital punishment -- or more likely, simply doesn't care.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 4, 2023 11:46:45 AM

Some of these opponents of drag performances are the REAL sexual predators instead of the drag performers they lambast. Although I can't speak for Florida, I do know that in the Middle Tennessee town of Franklin, they have a heated election between an incumbent mayor who allowed a drag show to take place without incident and a MAGA Republican named Gabrielle Hanson who is running against him on an anti-drag platform. It turns that Hanson is a FEMALE PIMP who groomed teenaged girls for a prostitution ring. She also faces several charges over organized crime. Despite all this baggage, the so-called pro-family values City Council has thus far refused to censor her. If Franklin chooses to elect a known sex predator, the female pimp Hanson over an incumbent whose only "crime" was to allow a family-friendly drag show to go on as scheduled, then God help Franklin. If the townspeople of Franklin cause them to knowingly elect a female pimp/sex predator like Gabrielle Hanson, then their town is in trouble. As an addition, Hanson previously encouraged her husband to take part in a Chicago-based drag parade wearing only scantily pants outfit that barely covered his private parts. Just what type of family values is Gabrielle Hanson advocating? As a former Tennessean, I can tell you one thing: if I had little children, I would consider her a bigger menace to children than I would any of the drag performers at that Franklin event!

Posted by: william delzell | Oct 4, 2023 3:10:36 PM

You only tell about 1/3 of the story, but the purpose of your post must be to say that sex offenders and those in drag should never be trusted to keep our kids safe.

We agree.

Posted by: TarlsQtr | Oct 4, 2023 3:30:12 PM

william delzell --

First, thank you for refraining from you typical post about how, if prisoners are not treated as they would be if they were guests at the Ritz, they'll launch a revolt and kill all the guards.

Second, a town election in one small spot in Tennessee says zip about whether the state of Florida is backwards. Indeed, it has no general significance whatever.

Third, you note, "I can tell you one thing: if I had little children, I would consider her a bigger menace to children than I would any of the drag performers at that Franklin event!" That is an explicit, and correct, concession that drag performances for little children are a menace, just a smaller menace than the particularly unappetizing person you discuss in your post.

Fourth, I have to think both you and I got through our entire education without having been exposed by our schools to drag shows. Despite their absence, I managed to wind up graduating from Stanford Law School and then working and DOJ and the White House. Apparently, missing out on drag shows didn't really handicap me. Did it handicap you?

Fifth, exposing third graders (roughly eight years old) to sexually-laden performances is just going to be lost on them even if in some alternate world it could be thought of as "educational." Kids of that age simply don't know what sex is in any meaningful sense.

Sixth, when the USA is falling behind numerous other countries in, say, math and reading comprehension, one might conclude that there are better uses for the school day than drag shows.

Posted by: Bill Otis | Oct 5, 2023 1:48:34 PM

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