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Execution Speed-Up Law Prompts UWF Student To Walk Across Florida In Protest

A University of West Florida student is planning to walk across the state to increase support for abolishing the death Penalty.

Kurt Wadsworth is standing outside Florida’s Historic Capitol building in a wide, straw-brimmed hat, jeans and closed-toe sandals. Wadsworth, a 27-year-old University of West Florida student says opposed to the so-called “Timely Justice Act” and thinks Florida is going in the wrong direction.

“Sixteen states in the United States have outlawed it as well and more are no longer using it. It doesn’t bring justice, it only brings revenge and it takes another person from their family as well.”

The law sets up a 30-day deadline for the Governor to sign a death warrant after all appeals have been exhausted and he’s decided whether grant clemency. But the 30-day issue could be moot. Under Florida’s constitution the Governor can take as long as he wants to decide.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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