"Execution rescheduled to accommodate Pam Bondi political event," is the News Service of Florida report. It's via the Tampa Bay Times.
A "hometown campaign kickoff" at a waterfront home in Tampa for Attorney General Pam Bondi is scheduled for the same night that Gov. Rick Scott had once set as the execution date for Death Row inmate Marshall Lee Gore. The execution was moved to a later date at Bondi's request.
A spokeswoman for Bondi said Friday that the Sept. 10 fundraiser had been planned before the execution date was set. Scott had scheduled two earlier execution dates for Gore this summer, but both were scuttled because of legal battles about Gore's sanity. Gore was convicted of killing two women in 1988 in Miami-Dade and Columbia counties.
The Tuesday night reception for Bondi ... in Tampa is set for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On Aug. 13, Scott had scheduled Gore's execution for the same night. But on Aug. 19, Scott advised Florida State Prison Warden John Palmer that he was moving the execution from 6 p.m. Sept. 10 to 6 p.m. Oct. 1 "at the request of the Attorney General." On Aug. 20, Molly McFarland, the deputy press secretary for the Attorney General's office, said the Sept. 10 date conflicted with a previously-scheduled event, without noting the event.
"In light of the seriousness of any execution, it was very important to Attorney General Bondi that she be available personally to carry out her office's duties in the execution process," McFarland said in an email. On Friday, Jennifer Meale, a spokeswoman for Bondi, reiterated that the fundraiser was on the calendar before Gore's execution had been planned for the same night.
The Sarasota Herald Tribune carries AP coverage, "Fla. AG fundraiser led to execution date change."
Florida is delaying the execution date of a former escort service owner because of a campaign fundraiser.
Gov. Rick Scott delayed the execution of convicted killer Marshall Lee Gore from Sept. 10 until Oct. 1 at the request of Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Scott said Monday that he did not know why Bondi asked for the delay. He says it was routine to accommodate requests from other officials.
The Sept. 10 execution date conflicted with the date of a Bondi fundraiser.
"Scott: Bondi asked to delay execution, didn't say why," is by Steve Bousquet for the Miami Herald.
Gov. Rick Scott confirmed Monday that he agreed with Attorney General Pam Bondi's request to delay the upcoming execution of a murderer because it conflicted with her campaign kickoff in Tampa on Tuesday evening. But Scott told reporters he did it as a courtesy and did not know the reason why.
Florida's Sunshine Law prohibits Scott and Bondi from having private conversations about official business. Bondi, as the state's legal officer, has defended a new state law known as the Timely Justice Act, designed to prevent Death Row inmates and their lawyers from using dilatory tactics to delay executions.
Gore's execution is set for 6 p.m. Oct. 1 at the death chamber at Florida State Prison in Starke.