TALLAHASSEE – A state commission studying problems with Florida’s method of executing criminals will hear from the public today.
Anticipating a growing protest against the death penalty, officials with the Governor’s Commission on the Administration of Lethal Injection have set strict rules for public comments.
“Speakers will be limited to 3-5 minutes and must speak to the Commission’s purpose to address the procedures and protocol of lethal injection,” according to a written release.
Commissioners also will hear from Hugo Adam Bedau, a professor emeritus at Tufts University and a national expert on death penalty issues.
This is the third meeting of the group since Gov. Jeb Bush called a temporary halt to executions following the Dec. 13 botched execution of Angel Nieves Diaz. It took nearly a half-hour, twice the usual time, for Diaz to die.
An autopsy showed the needles used in the execution pushed through his veins and delivered the deadly cocktail of drugs into his soft tissue, slowing their absorption and possibly causing pain
The commission meets again on Monday.