TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A top Supreme Court of Florida official is distributing for the first time a list of death row inmates who have exhausted their appeals.
A new state law requires the Supreme Court clerk to give Gov. Rick Scott a list of convicted murderers who have gone through state and federal court appeals.
The list released Friday contains the names of more than 100 death row inmates.
But many of the inmates still need to go thorough background checks as part of a routine clemency review given to anyone before a death warrant is signed.
Pete Antonacci, the governor's general counsel, said only a small "fraction" of those on the list would be eligible for a death warrant "any time soon."
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