February 5, 2013 — This week the Florida Legislature will hold a hearing on House Bill 4005
sponsored by Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda. This bill will abolish the death penalty in Florida. PLEASE attend the hearing of the Criminal Justice Sub-Committee on THURSDAY, February 7 at 2 p.m. in House Office
Building 404. Most legislators believe the public does not care about the death penalty. We need a good showing to let them know that many people are watching and care about this bad public policy.
Agnes Furey, TCADP board member, has recently published a book comprised of letters written by her and by Leonard Scovens, the man serving a life sentence for the murder of Agnes’s daughter and grandchild. Agnes saved Leonard Scovens from a death sentence and ultimately became his friend. “Wildflowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice, and Joy” can be purchased on Amazon and in local books stores where it has sold out several times.
Nancy and Robert Fichter will host a book signing with Agnes Furey on Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m. at their home at 710 Waverly Road. Agnes will read from her book and her friend, Thomas Wilson, will read the part of Leonard Scovens. Light refreshments and beverages will be offered. All are welcome.
State Representative Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda spoke at the TCADP Annual Meeting on Thursday evening, June 23rd. She discussed her efforts to help repeal Florida’s death penalty when she introduced HB 4189 last year. She reported that she received a great deal of support from around the state and encouraged TCADP members to send emails to Florida legislators encouraging them to end the death penalty. She said that citing enormous cost of the death penalty is an argument that resonates even with supporters of the death penalty.
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