July 18, 2007

Florida's Gov. first death warrant

Gov. Charlie Crist signed his first death warrant, ending a temporary halt on lethal injections that had been imposed after a botched execution last year. Mark Dean Schwab, a convicted child killer, is scheduled to be executed November 15. In signing the warrant, Crist said he was confident lethal injections could proceed in line with constitutional bans on cruel and unusual punishment. Last December, then-Gov. Jeb Bush suspended all Florida executions after a medical examiner determined prison officials had botched the insertion of the needles when a convicted killer was put to death. Angel Nieves Diaz's execution took 34 minutes (twice as long as usual) and required a rare second dose of lethal chemicals.

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