The Tampa Tribune published the OpEd, "Florida a classic reason to scrap death penalty," by Susanne Dumbleton on December 28. She's a professor and former dean at DePaul University School for New Learning.
Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight, has exhausted his final appeal. He is scheduled to be executed by the state of Florida on Jan. 7. He has spent 38 years on Death Row.
“Thirty-eight years?” you might ask, and that may lead you to think that legislation Gov. Rick Scott signed in June, named “Timely Justice,” makes sense. Under “Timely Justice” the governor must sign a death warrant within 30 days of the conclusion of a review for clemency, and execution must take place within 180 days.
“Timely Justice” will be timely. It will not be just.
First, there will be errors in executing the legislation: Florida has the highest number of Death Row exonerations in the country — 24 since 1973. Indeed, at present, Florida Death Row inmate Clement Javier Aguirre Jarquin is presenting DNA evidence that seems to signal his innocence. If exonerated, that would make him the 25th.
"Execution Set After Supreme Court Ruling," is from the Lakeland Ledger of December 21.
The execution of a man who killed a prison guard while on death row has been rescheduled for Jan. 7.
Gov. Rick Scott set the new date Friday in a letter to Florida State Prison's warden.
Askari Abdullah Muhammad, formerly known as Thomas Knight, was scheduled for execution Dec. 3. The Florida Supreme Court delayed the execution and ordered hearings on the state's new lethal injection procedure. The court ruled Thursday that a new drug works effectively.
Earlier coverage from Florida begins with the state Supreme Court ruling on the revised lethal injection procedure.