Today's South Florida Sun Sentinel publishes the editorial, "Bondi, Scott make mockery of execution."
Scott postponed Gore's date with death at the personal request of Attorney General Pam Bondi. If he didn't ask questions about why she wanted the delay, he's wrong. If he asked and Bondi told the reason, he's also wrong.
As it turned out, Bondi had previously penciled in Sept. 10 — Gore's scheduled execution date — for her re-election kickoff fundraiser in Tampa. Food had likely been ordered, guests invited and checks counted.
So Florida delayed Gore's execution, giving short shrift to its most solemn duty. Campaign contributions trumped public justice.
By letting it happen, state leaders made a mockery of being tough on crime and placing the public interest before all else. And foremost, the state let down the victims — and the families who have waited more than two decades for closure.
Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell writes, "Pam Bondi delays execution so she can party."
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has long been accused of being a lightweight — someone more interested in scoring TV time on "Fox & Friends" than actually dispensing justice back home.
But Bondi has taken superficiality to new heights. Or perhaps depths.
Florida's top cop halted an execution — so that she could host a political fundraiser.
Across the state line, "Florida's attorney general delays execution so she can throw a fundraiser for herself," is the AL.com column by Madison Underwood.
Executions are often delayed or stayed to allow courts to work, appeals to be filed, and novel and not-so-novel legal arguments to be rejected. A certain amount of diligence is expected when a court is exercising its highest power – the power to take someone's life away.
But when Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi asked Gov. Rick Scott to delay the Tuesday execution of murderer Marshall Lee Gore – who was sentenced to capital punishment for killing and raping Robyn Novick and killing Susan Roark in 1988 -- it wasn't due to any legal arguments.
It was so she could throw a fundraiser for herself at her house – her "hometown campaign kick-off" party, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
Earlier coverage of theFlorida political snafu begins at the link.