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Crist restarts Florida's death penalty



111129 Gov. Charlie Crist has signed his first death warrant, ending a moratorium put in place after the botched execution of Angel Diaz last year.

Under Crist's order, Mark Dean Schwab is scheduled to die Nov. 15. Schwab, 38, was sentenced to death in 1992 after being convicted of first degree murder, sexual battery on a child and kidnapping. Read Crist's order here.

"By issuing this death warrant today, Florida ends a seven month moratorium that began with the creation of the Commission on Administration of Lethal Injection on December 15, 2006 by Governor Jeb Bush," Crist said in a statement. "I am confident that the training, organization and communication processes established by the Commission on Administration of Lethal Injection and adopted by the State of Florida Department of Corrections are consistent with the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 2:40pm]


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