Florida Gov.-elect Charlie Crist expects to continue signing death warrants at a similar pace to Gov. Jeb Bush, whose signature resulted in 20 executions, the most of any governor since the state resumed capital punishment in 1979. “I support the death penalty,” Crist, who earned the moniker “Chain Gang Charlie” for his support of inmate chain gangs while in the Legislature, told the Associated Press. “It’s a solemn task, but I believe in it, so I will sign them and review that process as the transition moves forward.”
In his eight years in office, Bush averaged 2.5 executions per year and saw the state move from the electric chair to lethal injection, now under scrutiny for the chemicals used in the process and their proper dosages. Three inmates have been executed this fall while challenging lethal injection. Another inmate, Angel Diaz, is scheduled to die by injection Wednesday for the murder of a 1979 slaying of Joseph Nagy, a topless bar manager in Miami, marking the 21st execution since Bush became governor in 1999.