"Bondi Says Execution Date Shouldn't Have Been Changed," is by Jim Saunders for the News Service of Florida. It's via Sunshine State News.
Attorney General Pam Bondi said Monday she should not have requested an execution be rescheduled from the night of her "campaign kickoff" fundraiser.
Bondi's statement came after Gov. Rick Scott said he was unaware that the waterfront Tampa fundraiser, scheduled for Tuesday, was the reason she had requested the delay in the execution of convicted murderer Marshall Lee Gore.
"As a prosecutor, there was nothing more important than seeing justice done, especially when it came to the unconscionable act of murder," Bondi said in a release. "I personally put two people on death row and, as attorney general, have already participated in eight executions since I took office, a role I take very seriously."
"The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved," Bondi added.
AP coverage is, "Fla. AG Bondi: It was wrong to ask for execution delay," by Gary Fineout. It's via the Pensacola News Journal.
Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said that it was wrong to ask Gov. Rick Scott to push back the execution date of a convicted killer after the initial time conflicted with a re-election fundraiser.
Marshall Lee Gore was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection this Tuesday, but Scott last month pushed back the date to Oct. 1. Gore’s execution had been scheduled twice before this year but he received a stay amid ongoing questions over his sanity.
When the latest date change was announced it was not publicly known it was done to accommodate a Bondi campaign event scheduled for the same night.
The Republican governor said he changed the date at Bondi’s request, but he acknowledged on Monday that he did not know that the reason was because it conflicted with the fundraiser scheduled in Tampa.
Scott, who would not say if he would have delayed the execution if he knew about the event, said it’s routine for the governor’s office to work in tandem with the statewide elected officials who make up the Florida Cabinet.
Earlier coverage of Marshall Gore's execution date begins at the link.