Florida AG Had Execution Delayed Because It Conflicted With Her Fundraiser

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) postponed an execution originally scheduled to take place Tuesday night because it conflicted with a fundraiser for a member of his cabinet, The Tampa Bay Times reported.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi (R) requested that the execution of Marshall Lee Gore, 50, be pushed back to avoid being held the same night as her re-election kickoff event at her South Tampa, Fla. home. Gore was convicted of killing two women in South Florida in 1988.

Scott said Monday he was unaware of why the execution had been rescheduled but acknowledged that “[w]hen another Cabinet officer asks for something, we try to work with them.”

Bondi, on the other hand, expressed regret for her request.

“The planned execution of Marshall Lee Gore had already been stayed twice by the courts, and we absolutely should not have requested that the date of the execution be moved,” she told the Times.

 

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