Pigs fly. Hell freezes over.
I like a Republican.
Most Florida felons who complete their sentences will have their voting and other civil rights more quickly restored under a rule approved Thursday by Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and the state clemency board.
All but the most violent felons would avoid the need to get on a long list for a hearing before the board, which sometimes takes years. The board voted 3-1 on the immediate change, which also requires felons to pay all court-ordered restitution to their victims before becoming eligible to get their rights back.
State clemency board votes to automatically restore felons' rights
I was cautiously optimistic when Crist got elected. I liked several of his campaign promises, but as with many politicians, they're often just empty promises which go right down the toilet after they take office. So far, though, Crist seems to be living up to them.
Attorney General Bill McCollum mounted passionate opposition, calling it "a sad day for Florida," "a big mistake," and later describing Crist's actions as "liberal." McCollum said that the changes Crist favored would have allowed John Couey, the killer of Jessica Lunsford, to regain his civil rights....
Excluded from the automatic category are criminals who have committed murder, manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, sexual battery, lewd and lascivious crimes, child abuse, treason and terrorism.
A titanic clash of philosophies
Of course, leave it to a far more typical wingnut Repukelican to a) not bother to read/comprehend/care that the automatic category specifically excludes scumbags like Couey, and b) use the term "liberal" as if it were an insult.