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Executions Resume

April 16th, 2008 by Mike Vasilinda

The U-S Supreme court ruled that states can resume executions. IT found that lethal injections are not cruel and unusual. As Mike Vasilinda tells us, the ruling opens the door, after 16 months, for the state to resume executions.

The Supreme Court ruling allowing executions to go forward came as Florida was celebrating Victims Rights Week. Attorney General Bill McCollum called for the audience to applaud the ruling.

I would suspect over the next weeks and months, we will see a number of executions in Florida, McCollum said.

Patricia Tuthill was at the victims ceremony. Her 23 year old daughter was raped then murdered in another state. The killer got life..but Tuthill is okay with the decision.

Because I think his days in maximum security prison are going to be very long, for me the death penalty might have been an easier way for him, Tuthill said.

Florida hasnt had a lethal injection since December of 06 when it botched the Angel Diaz execution.

Governor Charlie Crist has ordered his lawyers to review those eligible for a death warrant.

Five or less probably, Crist said. That doesnt mean Ill sign five. I mean I would consider signing an additional one.

The ACLU says while allowing executions to go forward, the ruling also invites more challenges.

Theres going to be another mistake, Larry Spalding with the ACLU said. And when it happens, the case is going to go back to the United states Supreme Court.

Florida has 388 inmates on Death Row

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