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Florida Governor Charlie Crist has signed his first death warrant, ending a seven-month moratorium adopted by the US state after a botched execution.
His predecessor, Jeb Bush, suspended lethal injections in late 2006 after a convicted murderer took 34 minutes to die and had to be given a second dose.
Mr Crist said steps had been taken to improve the execution process.
Those raising lethal injection challenges (both those executed and those stayed) are generally claiming that the drugs used in the executions cause extreme and unnecessary pain, and that the combination of chemicals masks the pain being experienced by the inmate from the sight of those administering the death penalty. The appeals assert that this is a violation of the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishments. Initial rulings from federal District Courts in California and Missouri have held the procedures in those states to be unconstitutional because they lack sufficient safeguards and oversight to ensure the orderly application of lethal injection.
Is a private citizen who is paid $150 per execution. State law allows for his or her identity to remain anonymous.