Florida Supreme Court to Hear David Alan Gore Appealon April 4, 2012 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal of David Alan Gore, who is currently scheduled for execution April 12th. Gore’s lawyers are expected to ask the Court to block his execution during oral arguments today.
They will say that Florida Governor Rick Scott was improperly influenced to sign Gore’s death warrant when he met with a newspaper editorial board.
Another complaint is that Gore received inadequate legal assistance during his resentencing proceedings. The attorney who represented him has since been disbarred.
Lastly, Gore’s attorneys will claim that his execution will constitute cruel and unusual punishment as he’s already spent 30 years on death row.
I’m no legal expert, and know little to nothing about Florida law, but I don’t see the first or last claim going anywhere. The last claim is especially specious, as he’s only spent so long on death row due to his continual appeals and filings.
The second claim might have some legs however. Although I have been unable to find out why his attorney was disbarred, inadequate counsel is certainly the sort of thing that will cause a court to uphold an appeal.
On the other hand, Florida is relatively aggressive in it’s application of the death penalty (although less so than my home state, Texas). It’s very possible that Gore will be sent to the death house next week as planned.