The Wire

The Man With No Answers: Scott Won't Take Position On Executing The Mentally Disabled

Rick Scott just won’t answer questions. It’s nothing new–we’ve seen him on the run for months now. But it’s a habit that’s only getting worse, and yesterday, he was at it again. After the US Supreme Court blocked an execution, ruling that Florida’s standards for determining if an inmate was mentally disabled were inadequate, Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo asked Scott about the case.

After Scott said he would review the particular case, Caputo followed up. And this is when Rick Scott went to his trademark move to avoid answering questions: just keep saying the same thing over and over. It’s almost like a wind-up doll.

Caputo: “More globally, why should we execute the mentally ill?”
Scott: “Well I’ll review that case.”
Caputo: “But, you know, generally?”
Scott: “I’ll review that case.”

See for yourself in the video above.