A death warrant for John Ferguson was signed By Governor Rick Scott, and Ferguson is scheduled for execution on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012, at 6 p.m.
Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty (TCADP) will hold a candlelight vigil in front of the Governor’s Mansion in Tallahassee at the time of execution. It includes a participatory service.
On the following day, October 17th, there will be a Service of Remembrance at noon for the victims and the executed in the Rotunda of the Capitol.
The publlc is invited to both of these events.
Fla. Gov. temporarily stays execution of inmate
The Associated Press
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott is asking a panel of psychiatrists to determine whether a convicted murderer is insane.
Scott on Wednesday agreed to temporarily stay the pending execution of John Errol Ferguson in order to let doctors decide whether or not he understands the death penalty and why he is about to be executed.
The governor in an executive order called for the examination to take place on Oct. 1. Scott says if Ferguson is competent he will proceed with the already-scheduled execution on Oct. 16.
Sixty-four-year-old Ferguson was convicted of murdering six people execution-style in a drug-related crime. Ferguson was also convicted for the murders of two Hialeah teenagers.
Ferguson’s attorneys say that he has long exhibited symptoms of schizophrenia and has been plagued by hallucinations and delusions.
Connecticut is on the verge of repealing the state’s death penalty. The legislation passed in the Senate and will be voted on in the House next week. This action is expected to save Connecticut taxpayers $5 million a year. This will be the 5th state in 5 years to end the use of death penalty. In addition, Oregon’s governor has declared a moratorium. Other states are steadily moving closer to abolition.
In stark contrast, Florida has plans to kill David Gore next week. The following events are scheduled:
Tomorrow is Good Friday, a day when Pax Christi, the Catholic Conference, and TCADP unite in front of the Old Capitol at noon to say the Stations of the Cross. These are not the traditional prayers, but instead they are oriented to the execution of Jesus and how it relates to executions today
One week from today, on Thursday, April 12, the State of Florida will execute David Gore at 6 pm. We will gather in front of the Governor’s mansion at that time for a vigil.
On the following day, Friday, April 13, there will be a Service of Remembrance at 12 noon at the Rotunda of the Capitol to remember Mr. Gore and his victims.
TALLAHASSEE – A bill that would pay former Brevard resident William Dillon $1.35 million for the 27 years he was wrongfully imprisoned for murder passed the Florida House of Representatives on Friday, likely clearing the last hurdle in his three-year fight to be compensated.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos, R-Merritt Island, has advanced Dillon’s cause for the last two years. But the House had refused to consider what’s called a “claims” bill for Dillon last session, despite overwhelming evidence that he hadn’t committed the crime. Read More
Governor Rick Scott signed a death warrant for Oba Chandler.
We will hold a vigil in front of the Governor’s mansion on the day and time of the execution — Tuesday, November 15th at 4 p.m.
On the next day, Wednesday, November 16, at 12 noon there will be a Service of Remembrance for Mr. Chandler and the victims at the Rotunda of the Capitol.
Please join us.
THIS Saturday and Sunday we will be signing holiday cards for prisoners. Every year we sign holiday cards for the prisoners on Florida’s Death Row. The cards and a calendar purchased by Kindred Spirits are sent to every person on Death Row in December. As in previous years, Robert and Nancy Smith Fichter are graciously opening their home for the card signing. Please come by and sign as many cards as you can. All are invited.
· Saturday, November 12 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
· Sunday, November 13 – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
· Location: 710 Waverly Road, Tallahassee 32312
Governor Rick Scott signed a Death Warrant and has scheduled the killing of Oba Chandler for Tuesday, November 15th at 4 p.m. We will hold a vigil on that day and time in front of the Governor’s mansion. On the following day, Wednesday, November 16, at 12 noon there will be a Service of Remembrance for Mr. Chandler and the victims at the Rotunda of the Capitol. Please join us.
Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty
Important — from Mark Elliott of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty:
“The struggle for justice doesn’t end with me. This struggle is for all the Troy Davises who came before me and all the ones who will come after me.” — Troy Davis
After an afternoon of misinformation from the some media reports, it has been confirmed by the Governor’s office and the DOC that Manuel Valle was pronounced dead at 7:14 pm Eastern Time.
The 4:00 pm execution had been put on hold for almost 3 hours to await a U.S. Supreme Court decision on a stay. The stay was denied and the execution commenced. It is not yet confirmed that Manuel Valle was on the gurney with IV’s started during the entire wait.
There were a dozen execution vigils and protests around our state today. Thanks to every one of you who are working to end this madness in whatever way you can. Writing Letters to the Editor, calls, emails, letters and visits to your representatives, supporting FADP…are all needed. Working together we will see an end to executions in our time…for all time.
“Never Stop Fighting for Justice and We will Win!”
—Troy Anthony Davis, Oct. 9, 1968 – Sept. 21, 2011
Shine the light,
South Florida- Manuel Valle’s petition asking for a stay of execution was denied today by the Florida Supreme Court.
His scheduled date with death remains September 28, 2011, at 4 p.m. Read More
by John Kennedy | September 13th, 2011
Gov. Rick Scott scheduled Sept. 28 as the date for the execution of convicted Miami-Dade cop killer Manuel Valle.
Valle’s execution has been put off twice this summer, first by the Florida Supreme Court and later by federal judges in Atlanta. Those stays, however, have been lifted as courts have effectively endorsed the state’s use of the compound pentobarbital for the lethal injection needed, a change forced by a manufacturer’s discontinuing the three-drug round of chemicals formerly used.
Valle’s execution has been set for 4 p.m. that day, a Wednesday. Valle is the first death warrant signed by Florida’s new governor.
Since his conviction for the 1978 killing of Coral Gables police officer Louis Pena, Valle has been sentenced to death and re-sentenced three times in legal wrangling that eventually reached the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned his death penalty in 1987. Courts later reaffirmed his death penalty conviction.
Palm Beach Post.com
On behalf of the board of Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty, I have some bad news and some good announcements – all for early September – 6, 7, and 11.
The Governor has set a new date for the killing of Manuel Valle. It is now scheduled for Tuesday, September 6 at 6 p.m.
Please attend the Vigil in front of the Governor’s mansion on September 6th at 6 p.m. This will be the first in the Scott administration.
On the following day, Wednesday, September 7th, we will gather at the Capitol Rotunda at 12 noon for a Memorial Service for Mr. Valle and for victim, Louis Pena.
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