The Palm Beach Post publishes the editorial, "Do Floridians have the stomach for coming ‘Timely Justice’ execution spree?"
Florida’s Supreme Court this summer found constitutional the state’s Timely Justice Act, signed by Gov. Rick Scott in 2013.
Soon, the state could be poised for a killing season unlike any other. Do Floridians have the stomach for this? Or even the crude capability?
The act gives a governor 30 days to sign a death warrant once the Clerk of the Court certifies that appeals have been exhausted. After that, the state has 180 days to carry out the execution.
A point of debate has been whether the governor can manipulate this schedule by requiring the cases go through the formality of a clemency hearing before the clock starts ticking. That’s the Scott administration’s position, and the executions are stalled. Neither the governor’s press office, the Office of Executive Clemency or the Department of Corrections responded to questions about the source of the delay.
But make no mistake, the executions are coming.