Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Governor Rick Scott still hasn't acted on
what past governors have said is one of their most serious
responsibilities -- signing death warrants.
Scott is approaching his sixth month in office and has not taken
the first formal step in carrying out an execution. A spokesman
said he is prepared to fulfill that responsibility.
Florida has 399 inmates on death row. The last execution was in
February, 2010, when Martin Edward Grossman was put to death for
murdering a state wildlife officer.
There was a moratorium on executions when then-Gov. Charlie
Crist took office in 2007, but he signed his first death warrant as
soon as it was lifted seven months later. In all, there were five
executions under Crist and 21 under former Gov. Jeb Bush.
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