Saying it’s time to stop letting convicted killers “get off that easy,” a Florida state lawmaker wants to use firing squads or the electric chair for those on death row.
Rep. Brad Drake filed a bill this week that would end the use of lethal injection in Florida executions. Instead, those with a death sentence would choose between electrocution or a firing squad.
Drake, a Republican, said the idea came to him after having a conversation with a constituent at a Waffle House over the legal battles associated with the Sept. 28 execution of Manuel Valle.
Valle’s lawyers tried to stop the execution by arguing that a new lethal drug cocktail would cause him pain and therefore constitute cruel and unusual punishment. Courts, however, rejected that argument and let the execution go forward.
..The GOP-controlled Florida Legislature will consider the bill during the 2012 session that starts in January.
He said government is spending too much time listening to advocacy groups and instead should put in place a death sentence that forces convicted murderers to contemplate their fates…
Howard Simon, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said Drake’s legislation would just cause embarrassment for Florida if it were adopted. “Just when you thought that public policy in Florida couldn’t get worse, along comes a state rep who develops proposed legislation from what he overhears at the Waffle House.”
Simon said, “Given all that former members of the Florida Supreme Court and the American Bar Association have said about Florida’s broken death penalty system, including the nation’s highest number of exonerations, this would be embarrassing – if our legislature were capable of embarrassment.”
Like most of the fools who pass for Republicans nowadays, Drake is another fossil whose brain is trapped somewhere mid-way through the 19th Century.
Since he’s trying for the macho vote in a state that still doesn’t really approve of chest hair – I wonder when he’ll offer a bill to upgrade Florida’s death penalty to larger scale executions. They would save the state money and we all know how important that is to Republicans.
He could bring in IG Farben to build mass gas chambers. They probably still have the plans.