Florida death row murderers to get swift executions
Sponsored by Rep. Matt Gaetz, and signed into law in 2013 by Gov. Rick Scott, CS/HB 7083 (“The Timely Justice Act” – Public Act No. 2013-216) speeds up post-conviction appeals for death penalty cases and ensures quick execution after sentencing. The law establishes tight deadlines for death penalty appeals and for the issuing of death warrants after the Florida Supreme Court upholds death sentences. It also limits appeals based on incompetent council; any attorney twice found to have provided “constitutionally deficient representation” is to be suspended from handling death appeals for five years.