Manuel Valle is not on the Green Mile … there were no triumphs of mouse or men in any of the 60 executions that took place in his 33 years on death row.
Although Florida has had more than three decades to get it right, it once again missed the mark in delivering on due process.
From: Susan Chandler
Date: September 19, 2011 8:42:44 AM EDT
Cc: ASKDOJ <askdoj></askdoj>
Subject: Executing Manuel Valle without due process
Governor Rick Scott
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Dear Governor Scott,
I am writing to ask that you adhere to international treaties and allow Cuban national Manuel Valle to interact with his government, and that you direct the Clemency Board – of which you are a member – to at long last conduct a clemency hearing that is not in secret and for which Valle’s counsel is present.
Valle has been on death row for 33 years, a length of time which many judges consider to [be] cruel and unusual.
These issues – flouting international agreements, denying a transparent clemency hearing, traumatizing through warehousing Valle while 60 other death row inmates known to him were executed – should have been addressed while the legality of new lethal injection protocols was being weighed.
In addition to being thoroughly repugnant to those of us who don’t confuse vengeance with justice, the death penalty is preposterously expensive to administer, and the lengthy appeals process – quite obviously – does not ensure fairness for the convicted … it merely clogs our courts and delays justice for others.
By any interpretation, the balance sheet indicates that we can’t afford interminable, snowballing travesties. A wise man would follow Illinois lead immediately and make Florida’s death penalty go away.