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Forum to focus on Florida Death Penalty


Three years after the American Bar Association completed one of the most comprehensive studies to date on the fairness and accuracy of the death penalty in Florida, some of the state’s best legal minds will gather at The Florida State University to examine the ABA’s findings and discuss what, if anything, has changed in the administration of capital punishment. Continue reading ‘Forum to focus on Florida Death Penalty’ »

The Price of the Death Penalty for Floridians

Tuesday, April 14th, 7:30 p.m.
Westminster Room, First Presbyterian Church
112 Adams Street, Tallahassee

  • The 44 Florida executions from 1976  to 2000 cost an estimated average of $24 million each.
  • Florida is in an economic crisis. We must evaluate programs and policies for their costs and benefits.
  • Come learn information so you can decide whether the death penalty is worth its financial cost.

Hear from these experts

Prof. Sarah Bacon – FSU Dept. of Criminology
She co-authored, “An Empirical Analysis of Maryland’s Death Sentencing System with Respect to the Influence of Race and Legal Jurisdiction,” and wrote “Unfit to Live: The Death Penalty in America.”

Rex Dimmig – Assistant Public Defender
He is an Assistant Public Defender in the 10th Judicial Circuit and a member of the Public Defenders Association, which is asking Florida to reconsider the cost of the death penalty .

Sheila Hopkins – Florida Catholic Conference
She is a lobbyist for the Florida Catholic Conference, and will wrap up the program with information about plans for death penalty-related legislation in Florida.

The Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project comes to Tallahassee

Dear Friends,

Scott Langley was scheduled to speak about his death penalty photo exhibit on Thursday evening at FSU’s Moore Auditorium at 7 p.m.  Unfortunately, the FSU Amnesty International Chapter had some difficulties booking a flight for Mr. Langley and he will not be in Tallahassee.  They plan to bring him to speak in the Fall.  In the meantime, his exhibit will be shown on Thursday and Friday of this week and Monday through Wednesday of next week at 3 locations around town. Continue reading ‘The Death Penalty Photography Documentary Project comes to Tallahassee’ »

Public Defenders Recommend Moratorium on Death Penalty

The Florida Bar News

February 1, 2009

By Kim MacQueen
Associate Editor

Florida’s public defenders have offered a controversial new idea for saving money during tight fiscal times: a moratorium on the death penalty. “This Legislature would be remiss not to look at the most costly, least cost-efficient service we provide: the death penalty,” 10th Circuit Assistant Public Defender Howard L. (Rex) Dimmig — speaking on behalf of the Florida Public Defender Association — told members of the Senate Criminal Justice and Judiciary committees gathered for the January special session in Tallahassee.Senate Criminal Justice Committee members did not offer immediate comment or reaction following Dimmig’s proposal, but Sen. Ted Deutch, D-Delray Beach, asked 13th Circuit State Attorney Mark Ober, who was also at the meeting, if he would support it. Continue reading ‘Public Defenders Recommend Moratorium on Death Penalty’ »

Wayne Tompkins update …. court orders stay.

The Governor signed a warrant and set the execution date for Wayne Tompkins for October 28.   The Florida Supreme Court entered a stay of execution until November 18.  Since then, the Governor has not acted to reschedule the execution.

There is an excellent possibility that Wayne Tompkins will not be executed on November 18.   There is nothing that I am aware of that could prevent him from scheduling it again, but so far he has not and so there is good reason to be hopeful.

Mr. Tompkins case is another great example of why there should be no death penalty.  His attorney, Marty McClain, was quoted in the newspaper recently:  “This is one of the most troubling cases that I have,” he said. “The evidence against Mr. Tompkins is just absurd.”

Shelia Meehan


Tallahassee Citizens Against the Death Penalty

Dear Friends,

November is an important month for many reasons. I’m sure that most of you have voted already.

Here in Florida we continue to have to deal with the death penalty. Consequently Wayne Tompkins is scheduled to be killed on Tuesday, November 18th. Mr. Tompkins has excellent attorneys so I remain the optimist that I am and I’m hopeful that something may happen to save his life.

Nancy and Robert Fichter have once again graciously offered to host the holiday card signing. Each year we send every death row prisoner a holiday card along with a calendar. For many of them, this will be the only mail they receive. It takes awhile to sign all 388 cards, but it means a great deal to those who get them. Please drop by and sign as many as you can.

The Fichters live at 710 Waverly. Waverly runs between Thomasville and Meridian.

Saturday – November 22 — 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday – November 23 — 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Thank you.

Sheila Meehan
Chair, TCADP