The Department of Justice has to step in and investigate Florida’s conviction corruption, imposing a moratorium on executions, before Rick Scott goes all fast-and-spurious with pen swipes on death warrants called for by Florida’s nutcase Timely Justice Act, which was enacted to quickly kill death row innocents, including William “Tommy” Zeigler (pictured below), and then quickly destroy all the evidence of innocence, and, even more importantly, all the evidence of conviction corruption, which cannot be in any way divorced from the remainder of Florida’s public corruption.
Florida has the highest death row exoneration rate in the nation, and this blog – from 2010 forward – proves that this was accomplished with NO INTENTIONAL EFFORT WHATSOEVER to address entrenched conviction corruption … all efforts were to the contrary, in fact: Charlie Crist refused an offer for free DNA testing to keep Wayne Tompkins‘ execution on schedule; Rick Scott denied Cuban national Manuel Valle contact with his government (and more) before executing him, and ignored outcries from Amnesty International and private citizens to execute Robert Waterhouse despite a witness for Waterhouse finally being acknowledged. This in the tradition of Lawton Chiles executing Gerald Stano in 1998 despite there being no forensic evidence against him, and despite the sworn statements of several Daytona officers insisting that Gerald was merely a serial confessor. And it’s in the tradition of Jeb Bush executing Linroy Bottoson despite his schizophrenia and the dark clouds on his conviction. One of the clouds on Gerald’s execution and Linroy’s was identical. indicating a great deal of the who knew what and when about Florida’s conviction corruption.
Florida’s government under Rick Scott is reacting couterproductively to increasingly deadly public corruption by increasing protections for the corrupt, rather than their victims, and the Timely Justice Act is just a portion of it … as of a few days ago, Florida police body cam footage became legally exempt from public records request. It wouldn’t surprise me to learn that this will automatically extend to protect corrections officers, as well, for whom body cams have been suggested for reducing deadly guard-on-inmate violence within Florida prisons. The Department of Justice can’t pretend to believe corrections officers claims of video glitches anymore after receiving inmate Harold Hemsptead’s sworn affidavit.