Polk County, Fl., Sheriff Grady Judd wanted Paul Johnson to be Florida’s next death-row inmate executed for killing a sheriffy’s deputy and others, so he lobbied Gov. Charlie Crist.
The Orlando Sentinel says Crist has signed death warrant for Johnson, 60. On Nov.4, he could become the third man executed by the state this year.
Of lobbying the governor, Judd said. “My suggestion is every police chief, sheriff and victims’ family and friends ought to do the same thing.” Florida’s death row holds 386 prisoners convicted of some of the state’s most brutal crimes. This is the first time a local law-enforcement officer has taken such an active role in the lobbying process – a move some other sheriffs may consider. The governor’s decision is the latest example of how subjective the process of death-order selection can be. There are inmates other than Johnson who have been on death row longer. And there are others who have no more appeals left.