The ink was barely dry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling about the death penalty before the state of Florida is lining up to start executing people.
Gov. Charlie Crist vowed Wednesday to start signing new death warrants, hours after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of lethal injection, the nation’s leading method of execution.
Crist said he asked his attorneys for a ”short list” of inmates who have been on Death Row for decades and whose crimes are ”the most heinous.” Attorney General Bill McCollum filed paperwork asking for a green light from the high court to let the state execute Mark Dean Schwab, whose execution was stayed in November when the court took up the Kentucky case it ruled on Wednesday.
”I’m grateful the Supreme Court rendered the decision that they did,” Crist said. ”Justice delayed is justice denied, and an awful lot of families of the victims have been waiting for justice to be done.”
My stand on the death penalty hasn’t changed — I’m against it — but I also acknowledge the fact that it’s a part of the system here in Florida. However, it’s a little unseemly for the governor to make it look like he’s licking his chops to start up the killing machine. You’re not supposed to enjoy it.