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Fri Jun 8, 2012, 06:42 PM

Gov. Rick Scott Vetoes Funds For Wrongful Convictions

Gov. Rick Scott Vetoes Funds For Wrongful Convictions
June 7th, 2012 5:29 pm Axel Tonconogy


On December 17th, 2009, James Bain was released from prison after spending 35 years locked up for a crime he did not commit. Previously unexamined DNA evidence definitively proved that he had not kidnapped and raped a 9-year-old boy in 1974. Bain is not the first innocent man to be exonerated by DNA testing — in fact, he is the 12th exoneree since 2001, when Florida passed a statute permitting cases to be reopened for DNA testing — but he might be the last.

Florida is the nationwide leader in wrongful convictions, with 23 death row inmates exonerated since 1973. This dubious honor led the Florida Supreme Court to create the Innocence Commission in 2009, which was ordered “to conduct a comprehensive study of the causes of wrongful conviction and of measures to prevent such convictions.” Given the poor track record of the state’s justice system, it would seem that capital punishment— a contentious moral issue as it is — could benefit from serious reconsideration.

Governor Rick Scott of Florida, however, disagrees. Last month, Scott vetoed the $200,000 earmarked for the commission’s budget — mere pocket change compared to Florida’s $70 billion overall budget. Considering the extremely high cost of the death penalty on Florida taxpayers — around $50 million, according to a Palm Beach Post study twelve years ago — Scott’s decision is obscured by reason or logic. Not to mention the tremendous costs of convicting and imprisoning innocent people, which a study last year in Illinois found to be $214 million for 85 wrongful convictions.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 06:49 PM

1. Yeah, spend the money to lock someone up and through away the key

but not so much to make sure they are not wrongfully convected. Money to go back and make sure no one in locked up wrongly no way.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 06:50 PM

2. LOOK at Rick Scott and Scott Walker . . .

I mean, really look at them. Does either one of them look sane to you? Of course he vetoed it. If Scott does not personally financially benefit from the bill he couldn't give a flying fuck about it.

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Response to madashelltoo (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 8, 2012, 07:44 PM

3. They are both some really strange characters. Why people vote in ones

like this is beyond me to comprehend anymore.

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