I was always made to believe a “stay of execution” was only reserved for some of the most important circumstances. The reasons some executions get delayed are varying, but I do know that postposing one isn’t something that’s taken lightly.
There have been numerous cases where evidence has possibly shown that the person being put to death might be innocent—and still the executions have continued forward.
Well, in Florida, Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi delayed an execution so that—she could go to a campaign fundraiser.
Let me say that in another way: a man’s life and the emotions of two families were treated like a “scheduling conflict.”
When Marshall Lee Gore was scheduled to die on September 10, 2013 for his brutal murders of two women in 1988, Ms. Bondi apparently had other things to attend to and asked Governor Rick Scott to reschedule.
These “other things” she had to do that were so important that she would ask to postpone serving justice (and keep a man’s life hanging in the balance) had nothing to do with groundbreaking legislation to help the people of Florida or crafting a plan to boost job growth.
Nope, she asked for a delay in Mr. Gore’s execution because she needed to attend a campaign fundraiser.
And we shouldn’t gloss over the fact that this man’s death had been stayed twice previously. So this was his third “stay of execution,” all so the Florida Attorney General could go pander to her supporters and ask for money.
Well, apparently the backlash in Florida was powerful because Ms. Bondi admitted that she screwed up.
In her statement:
“As a prosecutor, there was nothing more important than seeing justice done, especially when it came to the unconscionable act of murder. 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 absolutely should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved.”
Which sounds great in hindsight. But it shouldn’t take public backlash for the Florida Attorney General to put her duties before her campaign fundraising.
The careless way in which this woman treated this entire situation is reprehensible. She’s shown reckless disregard for justice and the victims’ families, and her “apology” should carry no weight. For her to have even thought of asking for a third stay of execution so that she could attend a campaign fundraiser shows exactly where her priorities lie.
And they’re not with justice, the state of Florida or her duties as Attorney General—they’re with her own selfish ambitions to further her political career.
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