FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – October 3, 2017
CONTACT: Mark Elliott, FADP Director, (727) 215-9646, [email protected]
TAMPA, FL – On Thursday, October 5th, Michael Lambrix is scheduled to be executed after spending 33 years on Death Row. Since Florida restarted executions, 93 people have been executed under Florida’s flawed death penalty law while 27 innocent people on Death Row were exonerated.
- Mike’s only clemency hearing was 30 years ago
- Mike has a case for innocence and maintains he acted in self-defense
- He twice refused offers to plead guilty in exchange for a prison sentence – had he done so he would have been freed years ago
- Key witness testimony has now been tainted or recanted
- His jury votes for death were not unanimous. This sentencing scheme has since been ruled unconstitutional and is now unlawful
- Mike is an honorably discharged, disabled Army veteran.
Responding to Michael Lambrix’s scheduled executions, Mark Elliott, director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty stated:
“We urge Florida Governor Rick Scott to halt the execution of Michael Lambrix and grant a new clemency hearing.”
“This case cries out for a comprehensive review of all the issues, especially the compelling concerns that have come to light since the clemency hearing 30 years ago.”
“The purpose of a Clemency Board is to intervene in cases like this where the courts are restricted due to “procedural bar” on allowing a hearing on his evidence of self-defense and other late discovered evidence of innocence.”