Manuel Valle is currently on death row for the 1978 murder of a Coral Gables Police Officer. The Governor signed the death warrant, and now this execution is being delayed in the appellate process. Valle's execution is long overdue. The fact is that pentobarbitol has been used in lethal injections in many other states and has already been upheld in three federal district courts.
This week my office defended the use of pentobarbital in lethal injections, and we prevailed. We argued that the use of pentobarbital in lethal injections does not present substantial risk of serious harm and is, therefore, constitutional. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court ruled in our favor by denying defendant Valle's motion to vacate death penalty because of the defendant's failure to show that the use of pentobarbital is in violation of the Eighth Amendment's prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment. Federal Circuit Court Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola found that the "usage of pentobarbital does not create an objectively unreasonable risk of suffering."
The Capital Appeals Bureau within my office represents the State of Florida in all criminal appeals in state and federal courts, including capital murder cases. They did a great job representing the state in this case.
Attorney General Bondi’s Office Prosecutes Man for Defrauding 20 Elderly Victims out of $1.3 Million
Attorney General Bondi’s Office successfully prosecuted a man for defrauding 20 elderly victims, ranging in age from 62 to 96, out of more than $1.3 million. The victims, mostly based in the Sarasota area, gave between $10,000 and $150,000 each under the belief that they were purchasing an interest in a New Jersey insurance company. In reality, the companies that they gave their money to, BBG Investments and BBG Risk Management, were writing checks to individuals, disbursing the money to other companies, and engaging in offshore real estate ventures. The investigation was a collaborative effort among the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution, the Office of Financial Regulation and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Tampa Bay Regional Operations Center.
Attorney General Bondi Announces Million Dollar Settlement with Encore Marketing Company
Attorney General Pam Bondi announced a settlement this week with Encore Marketing International that includes $1 million in restitution for consumers who submit appropriate c without authorization. Encore, a Maryland-based company, is one of many companies that market club memberships in connection with the sale of goods and services. After consumers make online or telephone purchases of such goods and services, they are offered discounts or other incentives for becoming club members with companies such as Encore, a practice known as post-transaction marketing. The failure to clearly disclose recurring fees associated with club memberships is a violation of Florida’s Unfair and Deceptive Trade Act.