Florida Set To Resume Executions Thursday

25 August, 2017, 01:21 | Author: Ora Austin
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A man convicted of killing two people in what prosecutors argued were racially motivated murders in 1987 is scheduled to die by lethal injection on Thursday evening in Florida.

Asay was sentenced in 1988 for the murders of two men in downtown Jacksonville in the early morning of July 18, 1987. 53-year-old Mark Asay will face a lethal drug never before used in a United States execution.

Florida hasn't put anyone to death since January 2016.

Asay's lawyer Martin McClain has filed petitions and appeals in state and federal court asking for a stay, noting past deficient legal counsel and improperly handled court records.

"In other words, this court after giving notice of a change of fact decided that Mr. Asay was not entitled to be heard at all, let alone meaningfully heard, as to what this change in fact means in regards to the litigation that has occurred during the past 26 years regarding the constitutionally (sic) validity of the judgments and sentences entered against him". The execution will be Florida's first since the U.S. Supreme Court paused the practice more than 18 months ago following a ruling that the state's death penalty system was unconstitutional because the state's sentencing system gave too much power to judges over juries.

Asay's execution will serve as a test to whether Florida's new death penalty laws satisfy the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling. Asay had challenged the new lethal-injection procedure, which has never been used before. Now, dozens of death row inmates in the state are eligible to be re-sentenced -but only those who were sentenced before 2002, so Asay does not qualify. A total of 92 Florida inmates have been executed in that time period.

When State Attorney Aramis Ayala announced that she would not seek the death penalty due to its demonstrable flaws, Governor Scott immediately responded by ordering her replacement with a different prosecutor more willing to engage in this lethal pursuit.

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Asay then appealed based on the new drug cocktail that would be used, but that was also rejected, with officials defending the use of the new drugs despite reservations about their use.

Asay's brother, who was also an eyewitness to Booker's murder, testified that Asay said, "You know you ain't got to take no shit from these fucking niggers", before shooting Booker.

Asay's execution is scheduled at a time when public support for the death penalty in the U.S.is shifting.

Unless a court or Florida's governor decides to step in, Asay's fate is sealed.

Years after Asay's conviction, Florida's death penalty was ruled unconstitutional for allowing judges the final say in whether a person would receive capital punishment.

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