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Rick Scott sets date for next Florida execution

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Gov. Rick Scott set the execution of Michael Lambrix, who’s been on Death Row for 33 years, for 6 p.m. Oct. 5, the Governor’s Office announced Friday.  

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New lethal injection drug focus of execution fight

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It’s not unusual for lawyers representing Death Row prisoners whose execution dates have been set to file last-minute appeals to try to get more time to argue about why their clients should be spared. But an attempt by death-penalty lawyer Marty McClain on behalf of Mark James Asay, scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection late this month, is even more complicated.

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Florida’s death penalty, a never-ending fight between state, opponents

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Convicted murderer Ronald B. Smith reportedly coughed and heaved for 13 minutes Thursday night as the state of Alabama carried out its execution of the condemned murderer. What does this have to do with Florida? Maybe plenty. Florida has applied the death penalty with enthusiasm since it was reinstated here in 1976. The state has executed 92 individuals, trailing only Texas, Oklahoma and Virginia. There are 384 people currently are on death row and awaiting their turn on the lethal…

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Execution delayed while lawmakers work to fix system

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Florida’s high court has delayed the execution of a convicted killer while lawmakers determine how to change the state’s death penalty sentencing system to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found it unconstitutional. The Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the March 17 execution of Mark Asay, a Jacksonville man sentenced to death in 1987 for murdering two men. Asay’s is the second scheduled execution to be halted since the January ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The…

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Florida asks court to deny inmate’s execution-delay request

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Florida asked the state’s high court on Thursday to reject a condemned inmate’s request to delay his execution based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding that its procedure for imposing the death penalty is illegal. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi‘s office said the U.S. Supreme Court’s finding should not be applied retroactively to already-settled death penalty cases. Ruling on the Hurst v. Florida case Tuesday, the nation’s highest court ruled 8-1 that Florida’s procedure is flawed because it allows judges,…

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