12/17/14 - Join us for Wednesday’s Topical Currents when we examine death penalty arguments. Twenty-five condemned prisoners have been spared death in Florida since 1973 . . . that’s one exoneration for every four executions. We’ll speak with criminal trial lawyer Richard S. Jaffe of the Birmingham, Alabama law firm of Jaffe and Drennan, P.C.; Mark Elliott, Executive Director of Floridians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty; Herman Lindsey, exonerated Florida Death Row inmate. That’s Topical Currents Wednesday at 1pm.
UPDATE 6/2/2014: The City of Pembrook Pines has won their bid for the empty prison. Mayor Frank Ortis says the City wanted to control what happened with the land which is not far from houses that fall within city limits.
A 66-acre plot of land off Sheridan Street has excellent security features, and it will soon be on the market. The Broward County Correctional Institution, a former women’s prison, is being sold off by the state.
01/31/14 - This is a Topical Currents online bonus segment. After the broadcast, there were many unanswered questions. Host Bonnie Berman continues the conversation with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions. He says he knows some were innocent. He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution.
01/29/14 Wednesday's Topical Currents is with Texas attorney David Dow, who’s defended some 100 death row inmates and witnessed many executions. He says he knows some were innocent. He’s written a book which considers death philosophically, but not just by execution. Is it better to anticipate one’s death and prepare for it? Or is it better to go quickly, quietly, without warning?
Gov. Rick Scott has scheduled a February execution for Juan Carlos Chavez, who committed the notorious 1995 murder of 9-year-old Jimmy Ryce in Miami-Dade County.
Scott notified Florida State Prison Warden John Palmer of Florida State Prison on Thursday that the execution for Chavez, 46, will be held at Feb. 12.
Chavez was convicted in 1998 of kidnapping, sexual assault and murder of Ryce. The brutal crime spurred the Legislature to pass the Jimmy Ryce Involuntary Civil Commitment for Sexually Violent Predators' Treatment and Care Act, known simply as the Jimmy Ryce Act.
Before his execution by lethal injection in Florida State Prison on September 28, Manuel Valle had spent 33 years on Death Row for killing Coral Gables Police Officer Louis Pena in 1978 and wounding another officer during a traffic stop. Valle was driving a stolen car and ran a red light. Officer Pena pulled him over and was subsequently shot in the neck. Valle fled, but was caught two days later.
But Florida led the nation with new death sentences for the year: 21, more than twice as many as Texas. California, with 14 death sentences, was the only other state to achieve a double-digit performance.