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Legislator Wants to Terminate Death Penalty in Florida

On the eve of cop killer Manuel Valles execution, state Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda, D-Tallahassee, has introduced legislation to end the death penalty in Florida.

Rehwinkel Vasilinda said House Bill 4051 is aimed at the possible execution of wrongfully convicted prisoners and tied to economics.

"I'm not in the business of dispensing vengeance, she stated in a release. As a state representative, I am in the business of making decisions to help keep Floridians safe from crime while spending taxpayer money prudently.

She noted that in 2000, the Palm Beach Post reported Florida spent $51 million a year to enforce the death penalty.

With that $51 million we could put 850 law enforcement officers on Florida's streets, as well as adding more FDLE investigators and equipment to our arsenal against crime, Rehwinkel Vasilinda stated.

Valle is set to be put to death by lethal injection in Florida State Prison, Starke, at 4 p.m. Wednesday for the 1978 murder of Coral Gables officer Louis Pena.

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