Death Row Lawyers

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Florida has 367 people on death row. For the most part they are represented by lawyers who are employed by the state and work for one of two regional agencies.

But the state also has a registry of private attorneys who handle cases in the northern part of the state and when there's a conflict of interest elsewhere.

There are 140 attorneys on the registry. Eighty of them have cases.

The state Supreme Court has recently criticized the performance of some of the registry attorneys to an oversight board that monitors capital appeals.

In testimony to a House committee, some prosecutors defended the performance of the registry attorneys.

Representative Bruce Kyle of Fort Myers says he's considering sending a letter back to the Supreme Court to ask what steps it has taken to make sure death row inmates are properly represented.