Former death row inmates urge Gov. Rick Scott not to sign bill to speed up death penalty cases
5:23 PM, May 15, 2013
MIAMI - Two exonerated former death row inmates are urging Gov. Rick Scott to veto legislation that would accelerate the state's capital punishment process. The system has been criticized for allowing some condemned inmates to languish for decades on death row.
Seth Penalver spent 13 years there and says he would have died an innocent man if the Timely Justice Act had been law.
Critics fear speeding up the process could condemn innocent people.
Florida has 405 inmates on its death row, more than any other state except California. It takes an average of 13 years for inmates to move from sentencing to execution.
Supporters say inmates have sat on Florida's death row for longer than 30 years, making a mockery of the justice system.