Contact Governor Scott – stop Manuel Valle’s 3 p.m. execution

Gov. Scott didn’t grant Manuel Valle a transparent clemency hearing with his attorney present, or allow Valle to contact the Cuban counsel. A growing number of judges consider decades on death row to be cruel and unusual punishment for which commutation is the only ethical remedy. Please email Gov. Scott right now and tell him to stay Valle’s execution.

From: Susan Chandler
Date: September 28, 2011 7:03:45 AM EDT
Cc: ASKDOJ <askdoj></askdoj>
Subject: Manuel Valle’s 3 p.m. execution – deliberate rights violations

Attn: Warren Davis, Office of Citizen Services

Office of Governor Rick Scott
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001

Dear Mr. Davis,

I was displeased to receive your response to my email to Governor Scott concerning his imprudently signing a death warrant for Manuel Valle; I’d hoped your employment was terminated upon Governor Scott’s inauguration.

Our new governor is quite disingenuous enough on his own without you adding your frustratingly furtive non-responsiveness into the mix, which I have had the distinct displeasure of receiving intermittent examples of since 2007.

To review the controversies you skirted in your response concerning Valle’s death warrant: 1) Valle is a Cuban national, and was to be afforded benefit of contact with his government; 2) Valle has been on death row for 33 years and has known sixty (60) men who were put to death, which many judges consider to cruel and unusual punishment and a firm basis for commuting a death sentence to life imprisonment; 3) Valle was denied a transparent clemency hearing – his counsel was not present and the hearing was conducted in secrecy, 4) Governor Scott had ample time while the courts were reviewing Valle’s appeal concerning the new lethal injection protocol to legitimize the death warrant by affording Valle contact with the Cuban consul and conducting a transparent clemency hearing that was respectful of the 33 years of hell Valle has already been through in knowing 60 fellow death row inmates who were executed.

To review the controversies you introduced in your response: 1) Despite your contrary claim, Governor Scott does not take his responsibilities to the incarcerated seriously … he has ignored my correspondence, including that concerning William “Tommy” Zeigler and Gary Stanley Bennett forestalled appeals, which accentuate the ongoing prosecutorial misconduct in both cases; 2) Governor Scott constituents include Buddhists, Wiccans, agnostics, atheists, etc., and his sworn oath requires him to adhere to the rule of law ahead of the tenets of his personal faith, and he has not done so in signing Valle’s death warrant, 3) While the emotions of homicide victims’ families are lawful mitigating factors in imposing the death penalty, the emotions of any party do not – at any time or under any circumstance – make it ethical to flout due process.

A official signature doesn’t legitimize a specious document, and within my knowledge, Governor Scott has signed another … an extension of the Executive Order that transferred responsibilities to prosecute Gary Bennett from the 18th judicial circuit to the 9th.  Both prosecutor’s offices had used charlatan dog handler John Preston, who participated in Bennett’s Brevard case.  The 9th’s stake in keeping Bennett’s frame-up intact is maintaining faux legitimacy for Linroy Bottoson’s wrongful execution.

My February 2009 email to Governor Crist that appears below the dashed line indicates you’re not a man of your word, Mr. Davis; you didn’t get back to me about investigating Brevard.  Little has changed since 2009.  We now have an Innocence Commission, but in name only; it isn’t investigating conviction integrity.  We now have you spinning Scott’s shadiness as you once spun Crist’s; Crist signed the initial tainted Executive Order throwing Gary Bennett to Lawson Lamar’s wolves, he also signed Wayne Tompkins’ precipitous death warrant.

Putting Valle down like a rabid dog – after treating him worse than a dog for 33 years – isn’t justice.  Ohio’s governor demonstrated courage in commuting Joseph Murphy’s sentence, courage that other governors lack – Texas’ governor executed Stephen Woods, Georgia’s governor executed Troy Davis, Alabama’s governor executed Derrick O’Neal Mason.  Woods was innocent, Davis was most likely innocent and Mason may have been guilty, but the disavowal of the death sentence by the original presiding judge should have been a conclusive mitigating factor for commutation when added to the inhumanities and indignities Davis endured on death row.

Governor Scott should stay Valle’s execution and order a transparent clemency hearing after Valle is given the opportunity to contact the Cuban consul, not only because it’s the right thing to do, but because an increasing number of citizens are determined to see public servants that deliberately conspire to violate rights – both of citizens and foreign nationals – led away in handcuffs to serve stiff federal sentences.  Your involvement in violating rights will be the sum total of all the governors you’ve issued official lies for, Mr. Davis.


Susan Chandler

Ohio governor commutes sentence of death row inmate

Watchdog warns Florida over dysfunctional Manuel Valle case

From: “Governor Rick Scott” <rick.scott></rick.scott>
Date: September 23, 2011 4:38:23 PM EDT
To: “Governor Rick Scott” <rick.scott></rick.scott>
Subject: Thank you for contacting Governor Rick Scott

Thank you for contacting Governor Scott regarding the death penalty case of Manuel Valle.  The Governor asked that I respond on his behalf.

Under Florida law, it is the Governor’s solemn duty to sign death warrants.  Governor Scott takes this responsibility very seriously and is committed to following the law in as thoughtful and deliberative a manner as possible.  He did so in this case.

Governor Scott has expressed that signing death warrants is one of his most difficult tasks, one that requires him to balance his Christian value of forgiveness with his obligations as Governor.  After long and careful consideration of the facts and circumstances, Governor Scott concluded that clemency is not appropriate in the case of Manuel Valle.  He stated that conclusion in the death warrant.

The families of the victims of the heinous crimes, for which individuals have been sentenced to death, are in Governor Scott’s thoughts and prayers as he carries out the laws of Florida.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact the Governor’s Office.


Warren Davis
Office of Citizen Services

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
The Capitol
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 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.


Susan Chandler



From: Susan Chandler
Date: February 11, 2009 3:19:47 AM EST
To: Governor Charlie Crist <charlie.crist></charlie.crist>
Subject: Wayne Tompkins execution — C.I.G. No. 200811240005 stonewalling — interview request, intent to publish

Dear Governor Crist:

I have been waiting since mid-December to hear further word from your office regarding your intentions to appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate Brevard’s miscreant civil servants.  Warren Davis wrote then that an investigation was under consideration, signaling that after several years of my making the same request on my own behalf and an increasingly lengthening list of others (Juan Ramos, Wilton Dedge, Gerald Stano, Bill Dillon, Jeffrey Abramowski, Crosley Green and 57+ unnamed victims of John Preston’s perjuries), you had moved all the way to “maybe.”

My request adhered to the principle of triage, addressing the worst Florida county first, with the designation obvious from Brevard’s outrageous use of John Preston.  Waiting still years more for you to get to “yes” on investigating Brevard is out of the question — you intend to execute Wayne Tompkins this very day, although he was allowed DNA testing on only some of the evidence, and the testing method was suspiciously Mito rather than STR or YSTR and Florida is adverse to giving Tompkins’ defenders any time at all to look at those results.  A coached snitch has recanted; there are even questions as to the identity of the victim, leaving motive up in the air.

I ask that you stay Tompkins’ execution and cease signing death warrants.  The capital convictions of Bryan Jennings, Robert Trease, Crosley Green, Samuel Jason Derrick, Tommy Ziegler and others are clouded.  Florida has a patently ridiculous record on overturned convictions, and as Wilton Dedge’s exoneration proved Gerald Stano’s execution wrongful, the need for extreme caution is self-evident.


It’s clear to any prudent person that Florida needs a moratorium on executions, an independent Innocence Commission, an end to self-regulation of the judiciary and bar, fierce oversight of state agencies and legislators that do not labor to further distance Florida from the Constitution and Bill of Rights by color of law — we need legislation to debunk the “Gigio Test” for the treacherous tripe it is, authored by legislators more conscientious than Rep. Tobia (HB 395), Sen. Fasano (SB 624 and SB 534) and former Rep. Sansom (@$36M in apparent misappropriations).

I would like the opportunity to interview you in your cloistered comfort, Governor Crist, as I interviewed Jeff Abramowski and Bill Dillon in their opposing circumstances, and ask the questions that reporters should have been asking you since you served as our Attorney General.  I will clear my calendar for whatever time you have available.  While I await your response, I will continue to express my dismay over Florida’s degenerate Third World behaviors to the Obama Administration.


Please stay Wayne Tompkins’ execution, cease signing death warrants and grant an immediate interview.  Thank you in advance for your time and your anticipated cooperation.  I look forward to hearing from you today.


Susan Chandler

About Susan Chandler

Now-disabled interior/exterior designer dragged into battling conviction corruption from its periphery in a third personal battle with civil public corruption.
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7 Responses to Contact Governor Scott – stop Manuel Valle’s 3 p.m. execution

  1. Sandra Olson says:

    Good luck to you susan. I will continue to keep up on how things are going. Up here in canada, it is the same. Lot’s of dishonest judiciary, lots of covering up by disregarding the law, refusing to release information requests, etc. I continue as well. Today, I am making contact with our official oppostion, the NDP party. If the party in power is flouting the law, lets hear the statements from the official opposition on this practice.
    Good luck
    Sandra Olson


  2. Thanks for your good wishes and for your efforts in Canada to make justice available, Sandra.

    Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty reported that Manuel Valle was executed last night after the US Supreme Court refused to issue a stay. Valle was declared dead at 7:14 p.m., and the FADP wasn’t sure whether Valle had been strapped to the gurney from 4:00 p.m. onward.

    My thoughts are with any family that Valle may have had, the corrections workers that had to be involved and the death row inmates that await their turn to have the U.S. Supreme Court rubber-stamp glory-seeking gubernatorial gutlessness … being legitimately tough on crime is way too tough for the likes of Rick Scott, Rick Perry and far too many others; it’s far easier to just sign a piece of paper and announce that you consulted God before doing so.


  3. Sandra Olson says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this susan. I know it may be blindly optimist of me, but I am hoping this will be the last time we mourn the death of justice, and witness such a criminal disregard for the rights of people everywhere.


  4. I share your hopes, Sandra.


  5. I heard that Gov Scott says a prayer before each execution under his watch. I think this came up durinmg a discussion of Innocent Men being executed in the U.S. It is disgusting to hear someone speak about praying, which has NOTHING to do with legally murdering another human being.

    Hope Remains…


    • Thanks for writing “Hope remains;” it prompted me to look up Ted Kennedy’s comforting and inspiring words at Bobby’s funeral … “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”

      What gives me the most hope is those who courageously make it public that they’ve changed their minds about the death penalty after they’ve participated in taking lives. They’re not only better at softening the hearts of people that believe justice requires deadly revenge, they’re better spokespersons for the possibility of wrongful conviction, which we both know is all too common.


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