Governor Scott Signs Bill To Shorten Delays for Executions

By  //  June 17, 2013

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RE-ESTABLISHES THE CAPITAL COLLATERAL REGIONAL COUNSEL

ABOVE VIDEO: Governor Scott Comments on the Timely Justice Act of 2013. Gov. Scott signed the bill into law last Friday. Video Courtesy of WPTV

TALLAHASSEE,FLORIDAGovernor Rick Scott signed 60 laws into effect, including a House Bill 7083 bill known as the “Timely Justice Act of 2013.”

Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Rick Scott

The law shortens delays in executions by prohibiting CCRC & replacement regional counsel from accepting appointment or taking & action that creates actual conflict of interest. It also establishes procedures for public records production in post-conviction capital cases; requires private registry attorneys appointed by court to represent persons in post-conviction capital proceedings to contract with JAC rather than CFO, and it re-establishes the Capital Collateral Regional Counsel for North Florida to provide legal representation to death-sentenced individuals during post-conviction proceedings.

SUPREME COURT REQUIRED TO REPORT UPDATES

Florida Supreme Court to notify the governor when a Death Row inmate’s state and federal court appeals have been completed. The governor would then have 30 days to issue a death warrant if the executive clemency process has finished. The warrant would require that the execution be carried out within 180 days.

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