Governor Rick Scott today signed HB 7083, “An Act Relating to the Death Penalty,” and inaccurate information is being reported on the bill.
MYTH: HB 7083 “speeds up” and “fast tracks” executions.
- The bill does nothing to speed up the execution process. The bill makes technical amendments to current law and provides clarity and transparency to legal proceedings.
MYTH: The bill shortens the duration of the appeals process.
- The bill does not address the time frame of appeals, but rather affirms appellate, and post conviction remedies, before the clemency process begins. Bottom line, before a death warrant is signed, the legislation mandates that an inmate must still go through a long and thorough review process.
It preserves and affirms the inmate’s existing rights to 1) a direct appeal, 2) a state post-conviction hearing; 3) a post-conviction appeal; 4) a federal habeas-corpus proceeding, and; 5) a federal habeas corpus appeal.
MYTH: The bill would have resulted in the execution of inmates that would have been exonerated.
- Not a single one of the 24 “exonerated” inmates identified by the Death Penalty Information Center would have been certified as eligible for a death warrant under the requirements of HB 7083, because none of them had exhausted their legal remedies.
MYTH: The bill will lead to more executions and takes away protections from inmates.
- Nothing in this bill alters the current protections afforded by the courts or the clemency process and adds protections to inmates by removing ineffective counsel.