Key Senator Expresses Support for Formation of Important Innocence Commission
Senator Mike Haridopolos Sends Letter to Florida Supreme Court Pledging Legislative Assistance
Tallahassee, Florida —The Petitioners seeking the establishment of an Innocence Commission in Florida have received several signifiant indications of support in recent days. On February 3, 2010, Senator Mike Haridopolos (R-Brevard County), President designate of the Senate, sent a letter to Chief Justice Peggy Quince expressing support for the formation of an actual innocence commission in Florida that will study the known cases of innocents being wrongfully convicted and incarcerated and use the results of this study to update practices to prevent wrongful convictions in the future. Senator Haridopolos pledged, “I am confident the Florida Legislature will do all it can to assist in the creation of an Innocence Commission.”
Sen. Haridopolos’ letter follows the action by the Florida Bar Board of Governors adopting a resolution of support by unanimous vote at its last meeting. Additionally, the Petition has been joined by additional lawyers, including former Attorney General Janet Reno. In a supplemental petition, the Petitioners also brought to the attention of the court the resolution adopted by the national Conference of Chief Justices in 2005 that speaks in support of efforts such as those proposed by the petition.
For more information on the effort to create an Actual Innocence Commission in Florida please see the following:
- Petition in the Florida Supreme Court to Create the Innocence Commission
- Supplement to Petition
- Haridopolos Letter to Chief Justice Quince
The Innocence Project of Florida (IPF) is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to finding and freeing innocent people in Florida prisons.