Gov. Rick Scott claims that he, not a federal judge, should determine how Florida restores the civil rights of ex-felons.
Seriously? That would be like having Bill Belichick design the Dolphins’ game plans against the Patriots.
Scott made this absurd argument Monday in response to the Feb. 1 ruling by U.S. District Judge Mark Walker that Florida’s Jim Crow-era system for how ex-felons can regain their rights is arbitrary and thus unconstitutional. A Scott spokesman said authority for clemency rests with “officials elected by Floridians, not judges.”