FL AG Requests Delay in Execution to Attend Fundraiser

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi requested an execution be continued to accommodate her re-election campaign. She was scheduled to attend a fundraiser kicking off her re-election campaign. Gov. Scott accommodated her request, not knowing the reason.

[Marshall Lee]Gore was initially scheduled for execution in June, but the date was twice delayed because of legal skirmishes over Gore's sanity.

After Gov. Scott last month rescheduled the execution for Sept. 10, the date of Bondi's "hometown campaign kickoff" at her South Tampa home, Bondi's office asked that it be postponed. The new date is Oct. 1.

The relatives of the victims were not pleased. Also, as AG, Bondi has been fighting challenges to Florida's 2013 "Timely Justice Act" to speed up executions.

After much just criticism, Bondi apologized today, calling the request a mistake. [More...]

David Donnelly, executive director of Public Campaign Action Fund. "That Pam Bondi requested a delay in this execution shows how the nonstop chase for campaign cash has hollowed out the morality of our political system. Her moral compass is broken."

As of now, Bondi has no "serious challengers" to her re-election.

Florida has more than 400 inmates on death row, more than any state except California.

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    Could anyone have made this up? (5.00 / 2) (#3)
    by unitron on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 05:47:55 AM EST
    If this had been, say, part of a Grisham novel, wouldn't you have thought he'd gone too far?

    This is a great development (5.00 / 6) (#4)
    by CoralGables on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 08:16:19 AM EST
    and with a little luck Bondi will plan daily fund raisers for another 14 months and delay the execution until both she and Governor Scott are hopefully out of office. This is one of the few times when they have managed to accomplish something positive.

    Ha! (none / 0) (#5)
    by Dadler on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00:00 AM EST

    This is just macabre (5.00 / 2) (#7)
    by Dadler on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 10:01:29 AM EST
    You have to lack all the things that make a person a sentient being to do what Bondi did. What a wretch.

    Headdesk (none / 0) (#1)
    by Payaso on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 12:45:53 AM EST
    "Her moral compass is broken."

    Either that or she doesn't have one.

    It should come as no surprise (none / 0) (#2)
    by Payaso on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 01:24:56 AM EST
    It should come as no surprise that Pam Bondi and Angela Corey are BFFs.  Birds of a feather flock together.

    And sh*t together also, it seems n/t (none / 0) (#6)
    by Dadler on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 10:00:33 AM EST
    In a year that (none / 0) (#8)
    by DebFrmHell on Tue Sep 10, 2013 at 09:06:37 PM EST
    could have potentially gotten her "unelected" from office of the AG, there is no one strong enough from the Democrats, Independants, or good old Uncle Joe, Esq. to put a dent in voting.

    Scott may be a different story but I have doubts on that too.

    I'm just going to start calling it... (none / 0) (#9)
    by unitron on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:07:33 AM EST
    ...Flo-weird-a and beat the rush.

    Seems (none / 0) (#10)
    by Mikado Cat on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 01:56:43 AM EST
    like changing the execution date is cruel and unusual punishment.

    So Long as it Extends his Life... (none / 0) (#11)
    by ScottW714 on Wed Sep 11, 2013 at 10:43:09 AM EST
    ... that would be an odd argument to make considering death is the punishment.

    It's ridiculous for so many reason, but cruelty is a reach, certainly someone should ask the condemned if living a few more days would be a good thing.

    I wonder what potential large donor(s) couldn't change their schedules and what they had going to to make Bondi believe changing the execution date was the better alternative.