Crime

Rick Scott Is About to Break the Modern Record for Most Executions by a Florida Governor

Next month, Rick Scott will win the distinction of "Florida's Most Deadly Governor" when he surpasses Jeb Bush in the number of executions under his watch since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.

Since taking office in 2011, Scott has signed 21 death warrants -- the same number Bush did in two full terms as Florida's governor. But on February 26, Jerry Correll is scheduled to die for his 1986 conviction of stabbing to death five people, including his own daughter, his ex-wife, and her mother, sister, and niece. Unless Correll's execution is stayed, Scott's death penalty tally will go up to 22.

Needless to say, anti-death penalty activists aren't happy with this trend.

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Ray Downs
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