FLORIDA CONSERVATIVES ARE RETHINKING THE DEATH PENALTY, ANNOUNCING FORMATION OF NEW GROUP
News Conference at Orange County Courthouse 11:00 AM Wednesday June 14th
Florida Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, a network of conservatives questioning the alignment of capital punishment with their conservative principles, will hold a news conference to officially announce the group’s formation. It will take place in front of the Orange County Courthouse on Wednesday, June 14, at 11:00 AM.
The announcement comes when hundreds of death row cases will be returning to Florida courts for resentencing because Florida’s death penalty had been ruled unconstitutional. These returning cases could overwhelm Florida courts and cost the state millions of dollars. Speakers at the press conference will call on Florida state attorneys to settle these cases and avoid the costly process of seeking death, as well as call for the ultimate repeal of Florida’s death penalty.
“The death penalty process is far too costly, cumbersome, and error-prone to continue,” said James Purdy, 7th Judicial Circuit Public Defender. “Given that Florida has wrongly convicted and eventually released more people from their death row (27) than any other state, the stakes are far too high.”
Florida is part of a nationwide trend of conservatives re-thinking capital punishment. An additional ten state-based Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty groups have previously launched.
“A growing number of conservative Floridians have concluded that the death penalty violates our core conservative tenets of valuing life, fiscal responsibility, and limited government,” said Marc Hyden, the National Coordinator of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty.
The news conference announcing Florida Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty will take place Wednesday, June 14, on the Orange County Courthouse steps (425 N Orange Ave., Orlando) at 11:00 AM.
For more information contact Jon Crane at [email protected] or 203-982-4575.
Florida Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a group of conservatives questioning whether capital punishment is consistent with conservative principles and values due to the system’s inefficiency, inequity, and inaccuracy. Florida Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty is a project of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty. To learn more, go to http://conservativesconcerned.org/in-the-states/florida/