In any event, I've gathered signatures from 2/3 of the men on this wing (a lot of them are scared to sign) and have petitioned the Public Defenders Association (they submitted his name with three others to the Governor without consulting us, so I've threatened a class action if they don't withdraw his name from consideration); the governor, who nominates one of the four names submitted to him by the PDA and then sends it to the Senate for confirmation; and the Florida state Senate because they have the last say in the matter and I doubt the governor will withdraw his pliable candidate. I've also written to Florida Supreme Court, Justice Overton, who chairs the Overton Commission that was the starting point of this inquiry as to what could be done to improve things and lower costs, etc., informing him that I have a viable counter proposal to make that does not require abolishing the death penalty, will unclog the courts of capital cases and would require absolutely no tax increases to fund it and our rights will be protected.
Now we're about to do a media blitz and we're organizing supporters and getting them to sign a petition I wrote up from churches, etc., demanding that we at least be heard. This will go to the court itself from Tampa, West Palm Beach and Jacksonville. I'll keep you up to date on this as it unfolds.
F.V. Starke, FL
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