Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Martin Edward Grossman committed murder almost twenty-five years ago. Tuesday, he was executed at Florida State Prison. Several prominent Jewish groups sought clemency on his behalf. A request for mercy even came from the Vatican! An online petition supposedly gathered more than 30,000 signatures. Grossman admitted his guilt and expressed remorse. His supporters noted all of this and the fact that he had a low IQ, a history of epilepsy and was under the influence of drugs and alcohol at the time of the crime.
PardonPower took the position that the execution should have been delayed at least long enough to allow for a formal application for executive clemency. This position was also later taken by the notable jurist Alan Dershowitz. But Florida's Governor (Crist), whose conservative credentials have been considered suspect by many, is in the middle of a campaign to obtain his party's nomination for a seat in the U.S. Senate. So, the governor chose not to act.
The victim's mother had a slightly different angle on the case. She said the execution was long over-due. See story here.