There's an oft repeated sarcastic joke that the best judges go to civil court because in criminal court they deal with life and death but in civil court they deal with important things like money.
It's a warped view of the judiciary, but one apparently heartily endorsed by Pam Biondi, Florida's Attorney General who successfully asked Governor Scott to postpone the execution of Marshall Lee Gore because (we couldn't make this up if we tried) the date of the execution conflicted with Biondi's kick-off campaign re-election fundraiser.
Has any other public official in Florida taken such a candidly heartless view of human life and more crudely put their personal interests above their obligations as a public official?
And how does Scott and Biondi's voracious support of bills designed to speed up execution dates square with their decision to delay an execution to raise money?
The Tampa Bay Times article is here.
We cannot thing of a more self centered, truly disgusting act that any public official in Florida has done in the last few decades. Biondi's lack of judgment (and Scott's for that matter) give us a clear window into their dark souls: They care more about being re-elected than solemnly discharging the awesome responsibility of overseeing executions in Florida. If these two money grubbers care so little about when Gore is executed, just how much confidence do we have in Scott and Biondi's consideration and denial of Gore's petition for clemency prepared so ably by our own Todd Scher? If they will play bingo with Gore's execution date, did they really consider clemency? And while we are against the death penalty, we wonder how the relatives of Gore's victim's feel about the delay in Gore's execution?
The whole sordid mess is disgusting.
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