Halt death row executions


Published: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 19, 2003 at 12:03 a.m.

Recent reports concerning the imminent release of two Florida death row inmates because of prosecutors' misconduct, witnesses recanting testimony or new DNA evidence make it crystal clear that we must have a moratorium on the death penalty.

When Rudolph Holton and William Kelley are freed, the total number released from death row will stand at 26. Twenty-six human beings who would have been executed for murders they did not commit.

We need to recognize this as a clarion call to cease executions until a complete examination of Florida's death penalty can be conducted and essential reforms instituted.

Gov. Bush would do more to further the cause of justice by declaring a moratorium on the death penalty than by signing more death warrants.

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