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Death Penalty on Trial

October 11th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

The Florida Supreme Court listened to attorneys for two man facing death
argue that the staff who administer the lethal chemicals are not well
enough trained to insure the inmates do not suffer pain or cruel and
unusual punishment. Executions have been halted in Florida since last
year when it took 34 minutes to kill an inmate. An autopsy revealed the
IV tube was inserted improperly. One inmate faces a November 15th
execution, but Justice Harry Lee Anstead noted the U-S Supreme Court is
already looking at the lethal injection process and allowing the
November execution to go forward could be a mistake.

“I can’t see any urgency to going ahead and having an execution, which
is irreparable obviously should the supreme court say ‘we got it wrong’,” Anstead said.

Attorney Susan Keffer also says going forward would be a mistake.

“I think it would be premature for them to go forward with a decision at
this point in time, not knowing what the United States Supreme Court is
going to say that the standard is,” Keffer said. “You can’t reach the merits of this
claim unless you determine how you evaluate the claim. And that’s what
the U.S. Supreme Court is going to decide.”

The U-S Supreme Court decision could be months away. Asked about the
case, Governor Charlie Crist said “a lot of people are waiting for
justice.”

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