Breaking news: Mike's Death Warrant Re-issued!, Date Set For October 5, 2017

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Michael Lambrix #482053
Florida State Prison
PO Box 800
Raiford FL 32083

Tuesday, September 19, 2017


What you can do:

Contact governor Scott:

Governor Rick Scott: Tel: 850-488-7146
Address: Office of Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol 400, S. Monroe Street, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-000, USA.

Letter template, please adapt/personalize as you wish.

Dear Sir,

I am writing to you about the case of Cary Michael Lambrix, #482053, with the purpose to respectfully ask for a clemency hearing on his behalf. Michael Lambrix is scheduled for execution on 10/5/2017.
I am [describe who you are, any particular moral, human or personal reason why you are writing to them).
This case is unique enough that it should compel the State of Florida to grant a
special attention to under the form of an official clemency hearing (his last clemency hearing was held over thirty years ago).

Many reasons could be given in support of such a hearing, such as:

1. The inordinate length of time already served
2. He has never been given the opportunity to present his version of events as a coherent whole. The members of the Cabinet deserve to hear the full story.
3. Lambrix’s version of events (manslaughter in self-defence) remains credible. By contrast, the case against him appears in many ways legally contentious:
- The key witness changed the story she told the police several times
- The key witness admitted in court to having had a sexual affair with the
State’s lead investigator
- Another leading witness later retracted her evidence
- Key forensic evidence has gone missing or is unavailable for testing (namely
fingernail scrapings and the tire iron)
- The State theory of the sequential killing of the two victims appears to many
questionable at best.
4. The jury verdicts were not unanimous, but 8-4 and 10-2. Should Mike Lambrix be tried today, he would NOT have been sentenced to death.
5. Mike Lambrix has twice refused offers of a plea-bargain, even though had he done so he would long since have been free.

However, there is one human picture that the courts will not be able to address:
Mike Lambrix is a man of exceptional intelligence and personal resolve who has educated himself in prison and managed to make his experience valuable to others:
He will be next year part of a major exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Norway, and his writings, his advice to others on how to pursue legitimate successful lives are already part of a wider, burgeoning effort to educate and encourage the public.


Sign Mike's Petition:  petition:

Friday, September 15, 2017

Press release Lambrix September 2017

Amidst tragedy of Hurricane Irma, Death Row Prisoner in Florida Declares Hunger Strike To Protest His Innocence

September 15, 2017
In an unprecedented move, Florida death row inmate Michael Lambrix has declared a "hunger strike" to protest his scheduled execution (October 5, 2017)
Michael Lambrix has consistently maintained his innocence in a case that remains essentially a highly circumstantial case (no eye witnesses, no physical or forensic evidence, no confession). Despite the case receiving international attention, his appeals for justice  in courts have been defeated for over 30 years.
The State funded agency CCRC South recently filed a strong and comprehensive "habeas petition" in the Florida Supreme Court specifically arguing that he must be allowed to present and be heard upon the wealth of evidence, including DNA testing (see  Lambrix v Jones, Case No SC17-1608)
Support in the US and around the world, as well as attorney Adam Tebrugge strongly believe that should Michael Lambrix lose his appeal again, he should then get a unique clemency hearing.
Mike Lambrix has said:
I have been forced into a non-win situation in which the vast resources of the State of Florida
are being employed to put me to death for a crime I am actually innocent of. I cannot stop anyone from executing me. But I am constitutionally entitled to protest against this injustice by declaring and maintaining a hunger strike as an expression of the free speech without governmental intrusion.

Photo: Rune Eraker
Mike Lambrix will be part of an exhibition "Noble is the Man"
at the Nobel Peace Prize center in Oslo, 2018

 Background information

. Summary of the case, key prior media interviews, and general campaign information:

. To access Mike Lambrix story and his life advice to others:

. For all detailed appellate actions filed in Lambrix's case and more information:

Sign the Petition here


Write/email the Governor:


His last clemency hearing was over 30 years ago.
He never has had an opportunity to present his version of events as an integrated whole.
Should he be tried today, he would NOT be sentenced to death (the jury was not unanimous)..
He twice refused offers of a plea-bargain, even though had he done so he would  since have been free.
Mike Lambrix has educated himself in prison and managed to make his experience valuable to others: He will be next year part of a major exhibition at the Nobel Peace Center in Norway, ("Noble is Man") and his writings, his advice to others on how to pursue legitimate successful lives are already part of a wider growing effort to educate and encourage the public, which needs to be supported.
Tel. : Governor Rick Scott: 850-488-7146
(Office of Governor Rick Scott State of Florida The Capitol 400 S. Monroe St. Tallahassee, FL 32399-000)

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi:
Tel 850-414-3300 Pam Bondi
Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis:
Tel (850) 413-2850

Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam
Tel 850-413 2850
Email And

 Emmanuelle Purdon emmanuellepurdon[at]

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Death Watch Journal (Execution Rescheduled)

On Friday, September 01, 2017, Florida governor Rick Scott decided that it was time kill me again and signed an order rescheduling my previously “stayed” execution for Thursday October 5, 2017. That gave me about 35 days to live. By that afternoon I was pulled (not forcibly) from my regular death row cell on “G-wing” and escorted up to the front of the prison and brought to an office where FSP warden Barry Reddish then read the governor’s order to me and then it was back down that long main corridor to the very end of the prison where the heavy steel door leads on to “Q-wing.”

The bottom floor of Q-wing is Florida’s execution chamber as well as the 3 cells that house the condemned prisoners while on “death watch.” Since they just put Mark Asay to death last week (August 24) I was the only prisoner down here and was placed in “cell one” (see Cell 1— PBS documentary, featuring myself), to once again slowly count down what the state of Florida intends to be my last days in this life.

The question now is where do we go from here? I must first accept the reality that especially since current governor Rick Scott began his unprecedented campaign to kill as many prisoners as he could — he’s running for the U.S. Senate and in these southern states nothing wins more votes than a good old fashioned lynching — not even one person he’s targeted for execution has survived.

That’s just the reality of it and so going into this I must accept that the odds are stacked against me. By confronting and accepting that truth, I can at least come to terms with it.

But with that said, my lawyers seem somewhat confident that at the very least we have a good chance of having the courts put a stop to all this on the one big issue of whether Florida can continue to execute those who have been illegally sentenced to death. This is generally referred to as the “Hurst” issue and it is what the Florida Supreme Court ordered a stay of execution on in my case only last year when I was originally scheduled for execution on February 11, 2016.

This issue comes from the January 2016 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Hurst v Florida in which by a rare super majority (8 to 1 vote) the Supreme Court recognized that the way Florida was sentencing prisoners to death by allowing the judge to determine the sentence was illegal, as under the Constitution any such sentence has to be determined by a jury.

In the aftermath of the Hurst v Florida decision, Florida change the laws on the death penalty., now not only requiring that the jury determine the sentence (life or death) but that it must do so by a unanimous vote (12 to 0) instead of the simple majority previously required.

However, in Mark Asay  v State of Florida, the Florida Supreme Court decided that they would allow this substantial change of law to be retroactively applied only as far back as 2002. Specifically, the Court decided by a marginal majority that those illegally sentenced to death after June 2002 would have their sentences thrown out, but those illegally sentenced before June 2002 would not. This “partial retroactivity” rule is unprecedented and as the lawyers are arguing, creates an arbitrary process that is itself unconstitutional.


                                                            - Photo by Rune Eraker -

This issue was not resolved in Mark Asay’s case as he didn’t want his lawyers to pursue it. Although they did superficially present this “partial retroactivity” to the court, it was not fully addressed. My case will now be the first one to fully address this issue, but it is expected that the Florida Supreme Court will be very unreceptive to the issue — after all, they are the ones that created this absurd rule. For that reason, it’s far more likely that if it is fully addressed, it will be by the U.S. Supreme Court, and we won’t know if they will grant review until only shortly before the scheduled execution.

While that issue appears to be what the lawyers will undoubtedly focus on I do have at least 3 other appeals already pending in the courts, which focus on my consistently pled claim of actual innocence.

As those already familiar with my case know (see I have maintained my innocence in this wholly circumstantial case (i.e, no eye witnesses, no physical or forensic evidence, no confessions, etc.) and there is a virtual wealth of readily available evidence, including including DNA evidence — that supports my claim of innocence, but the courts have refused to allow this evidence to be heard because they say that my lawyers failed to present it in my original “post conviction” appeal.

Before Governor Scott signed the order rescheduling my execution, my lawyers filed a comprehensive “Petition For Writ of Habeas Corpus” in the Florida Supreme Court; (see Cary Michael Lambrix v Julie Jones, Case No. SC17-5153) that fully summarizes how the collective evidence does establish my actual innocence and that I am entitled to have this evidence heard before they kill me. Also, in this original “actual innocence” habeas, my lawyers challenge the Florida Supreme Court’s earlier denial of our request for DNA testing — the Court stated that DNA testing was already done, but that simply is not true and our argument is that the courts cannot deny in a case presenting a claim of actual innocence, on clearly false pretenses.

Additionally, I have two separate appeals still pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, both arguing why I was wrongfully convicted. In Cary Michael Lambrix v Julie Jones, we argue that the federal court’s refusal to allow the evidence establishing my actual innocence heard violates established federal law. If the U.S. Supreme Court grants review of that case, not only would it probably lead to my own exoneration and release, but it would open the door to forcing the Florida federal courts to allow other cases to be heard.

Last, in the other case already pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, Cary Michael Lambrix v State of Florida, case17-5539 we argue that the Florida Supreme Court violated its own rules by denying me a new trial on the issue based on irrefutable evidence that my appointed public defender that represented me at trial was secretly acting as a witness against me to the FBI, and that  under long-established federal law this undisclosed “conflict of interest” requires the court to throw out my convictions and order a new trial.

Bottom line is that I do have numerous strong appeals already pending and several more that haven’t been filed yet. Legally, I’m in a better position now than I have been in many years. But we also know that one of the reasons that Governor Scott hand picks which cases he will sign a death warrant on is because he is deliberately stacking the deck — he knows that once you’re “under warrant” the politics of Trump justice and the courts are significantly less receptive to anything you file - even becoming openly hostile. That’s why nobody has survived a death warrant under Governor Scott — I’m the only one still alive.

I don’t know how this will play out. I don’t have any confidence in our legal system as it has long been corrupted by the “politics of death,” and proven itself only too willing to sacrifice the innocent. But I am blessed with my friends who will advocate my case the best that they can…. politics work both ways. Maybe with their help we can turn the politics of death to our advantage. Maybe.

Read Mike's moving essay Why the Butterflies Must Die at MinutesBeforeSix

Friday, September 1, 2017

Breaking News - New Execution Date for Mike Lambrix!

Florida Prison System on Lockdown

As if decades of continuous solitary confinement on Florida's death row wasn't enough, a few days ago we all got blindsided with the news that the whole Florida prison system was being put on a high security "lock down" from Wednesday August 16 through Sunday August 20...but they didn't lift it that Sunday so it really dragged through until the afternoon of Monday, August 21 - apparently the powers that be decided to just keep everyone across the state locked down after the eclipse passed by around 3:00 that afternoon. Could it be that maybe, just maybe, they thought that an eclipse might had brought the beast out in the prisoners?

Myself, while this whole lock down thing kind of sucked in most ways - they cancelled all social visits for the whole weekend so I didn't get a visit I was hoping for. And all yard times were cancelled too. That's the disadvantages. Fortunately, they did allow us to phone our "people" if we were expecting a visit so I was able to call my sister to let her know they couldn't come.

When I got the call through, by coincidence she had other members of the family at her house - I quickly accused them of throwing a keg party and not inviting me. And I'm pretty sure I smelled some BBQ through the phone, technology today is awesome! But what mattered most is that by coincidence one of my older brothers was at my sister's, and so for the fist time in almost 40 years I was able to talk to him and that was cool. It was only for a few minutes, but just being able to say hello made the whole lock down thing worth it for me.

And I missed the freaking eclipse. Maybe for most that's not such a big thing but considering it's been going on 40 years since I've been outside at night as a free man, it would have been truly awesome to watch it. That's alright - I read that there will be another eclipse on April 8, 2024 stretching from Texas up trought the Ohio valley and I noticed that one will pass over central Indiana, and when it does, I want to be on the banks of Lake Monroe in that part of Indiana wishing upon that first star I might see that I don't have to live the rest of my life alone. Yeah, that's the stuff that dreams are made of. But even dreams die, if not nurtured.

One thing that was great about this lock down was that at least for a few days they fed us food we could eat. That kind of makes sense, as it's really all about pacifying us. It's no secret that one of the biggest complaints all Florida prisoners have is that the food we are fed is so bad. In fact, if they fed this crap to a dog they would get thrown in prison for animal cruelty - yes it's that bad!

And it's not by coincidence. The reason what they feed us is of such poor quality is because the prison system is legally required to feed us 3 meals a day and they don't make any money from that. They buy the cheapest crap they can find and then cook it in such a way it can hardly be consumed. Then the 100.000 plus Florida prisoners are forced to purchase food from the prison "canteen" (store) of which the prison system gets a healthy cut of the profits, making tens of millions every year!

But I got to admit that at least for those few days that they had us all on security lock down, I was actually impressed by the quality of the food they served. One thing we do know for certain is that they can cook good meals if they wanted to!


They really caught us by surprise - last Friday evening we expected them to serve us what they call "turkey sausage" with "oven baked potatoes" (they make it sound so good on paper!). But instead, they brought us a dinner of real roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, canned baby peas and a couple of soft (even fresh!) dinner rolls. It was unlike any meal I've seen in the too many years I've been here and was both prepared and served to restaurant quality standards - and it was freaking good!

The next morning we expected the Saturday morning ritual of so-called "coffee cake" with cold and tasteless mush they call oatmeal. But instead, they brought us breakfast burritos - seriously. two small tortilla shells with scrambled eggs, 2 sausage patties and a generous portion of shredded cheese, with a side serving of edible potatoes. And as if that wasn't enough, they threw in a large glazed donut! It was so good that I almost didn't want to eat it - I just wanted to look at it and smell it for a while.

Yeah, some of us though they might be tricking us! But we knew it wouldn't last, and enjoyed it while we could - then talked about how good it was for hours! By the time lunch cam around we were mentally preparing ourselves for disappointment...

But we were on a roll! They brought us a real bacon cheeseburger, with lettuce and pickle, and oven baked tater tots on the side, with a big piece of chocolate cake with thick frosting! Half the guys here would have sold their soul for a bacon cheeseburger - and they just came around and gave it to us.

But then the next day it was back to the regular menu for both breakfast and lunch and we just knew the good times were over. Oh, but how sweet it was while it lasted! Oops - not so quick! When dinner came around much to our astonishment it was a rice/vegetable with meat mixture and two burritos (tortilla) shells. while it was a bit dry for my taste, I quickly broke out a pack of the hot chili and jalapeno cheese spread I bought off the canteen and added that to the mixture, generously spreading the spread across the tortilla shells and yeah, it was good!

But now several days have passed and the lock down is over and we are back to regular meals as if nothing has changed. i guess the puppet masters feel that they've pacified us enough for now and after 5 days of lock down, things resume their normal routine.

Now my biggest concern is that this Thursday (August 24) Florida plans to kill Mark Asay - the first execution since they killed Oscar Bolin on January 7, 2016 when I was on death watch only feet away. Hopefully Mark (we call him "Cat Fish") will get a stay of execution. But if he doesn't then there's a good chance my execution date will also be rescheduled and I will be moved back down to "cell one" on death watch and count down the days yet again to my own date with death.



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Florida Supreme Court Denies Review of Illegal Death Sentence

The Florida Supreme Court was supposed to be in recess for it's summer vacation until Monday August 21, so nobody expected the court to take any action on cases until then. But to our surprise, on August 10, 2017, the FSC issued an opinion in Hitchcock v State, Case No. SC17-445 that summarily rejected the challenge to the FSC ruling last year in which the FSC recognized that all non unanimous death sentences were illegally imposed - but decided that any of these sentences that were "final" prior to June, 2002 would be allowed to stand.

What the 4 member majority said that they don't care if they were wrong in Asay v State and they will not allow the issue to be debated further in the state courts. Both Justice Pariente and Justice Lewis wrote separate opinions giving their opinion as to why the majority clearly is wrong.

Although rehearing on the Hitchcock case is not due until August 25, Florida has Mark Asay scheduled for execution on Thursday August 24 (NOTE: Mark Asay has been executed on August 24, 2017) and this Hitchcock ruling directly affects Asay. In fact, on August 15 the FSC denied Asay's pending appeals challenging this partial retro activity rule as well as Florida;s lethal injection protocol that uses a drug that has never been previously used by any state. Will the Court allow Florida to proceed to put Asay to death even though there's no question that he was illegally condemned to death?

And the sad commentary on the American Justice system is that they do that only too often - we call it "death by default" and it's applied throughout the legal system regularly, and especially in capital cases. they commonly call this concept "procedural default". This Hurst issue is a good example of how this "the ends justifies the means" mentality has infected the entire process - even when they know the evidence shows someone is actually innocent of a crime (or illegally sentenced to death), the courts refuse to address the issue by applying procedural rules they've created and proceed to put the person to death.

If the US Supreme Court will accept review of this partial retro activity rule then it will almost certainly result in having up to 200 illegally imposed death sentences thrown out, leaving only a handful of those sentenced to death on Florida's death row. But if the US Supreme Court refuses to accept review then Florida will begin to carry out it's record number of executions again - and there's a good chance that Governor Scott will reschedule my own execution again if Asay is indeed executed, as I'm the only person, other than Asay, still under an active death warrant.

Although I do have other appeals already pending in the courts - mostly focused on evidence substantiating my claim of innocence, but also challenging this same "partial retro activity" rule, but it wouldn't make any difference to Governor Scott as he has signed (and rescheduled) death warrants on others with legitimate appeals pending.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Class Action Lawsuit Filed on Death Row Solitary Confinement

Several weeks ago lawyers representing death sentenced prisoners in Florida formally filed a Federal lawsuit against FDOC Secretary Julie Jones, as well as Florida State Prison Warden Barry Reddisch and Union Correctional Institution Warden Kevin Jordan, arguing that the continuous solitary confinement of death row prisoners violates the US constitutions provisions of due process and 8th amendment prohibition against infliction of "cruel and unusual" punishment. The case is now pending before the US district court in Jacksonville, Florida.

The only real surprise is that it has taken so long that lawyers to file this lawsuit, as the issue of whether the placement of all death sentenced prisoners in solitary confinement is constitutional has been debated for many decades. In fact, in 1890 (127 years ago!) the United States Supreme Court recognized that solitary of a death row prisoner is unconstitutional - but our courts have since grown cold and politically indifferent to these claims - until in recent years several justices on the Supreme Court have spoken out about it, and condemned the long term solitary confinement of death sentenced prisoners.

At issue is that in Florida and most other states, all prisoners sentenced to death are automatically placed and continuously kept in single man cells that are without doubt solitary confinement", where they remain as long as they are under a sentence of death.

This often amounts to not merely months or years, but decade after decade of solitary confinement  (see: Death Row, The Ninth Ring - by Michael Lambrix). Most of those sentenced to death are subsequently removed when their conviction or death sentence is vacated. Of the almost 1000 men and women sentenced to death in Florida since 1974, 26 have been judicially exonerated and released due to innocence, while less than 90 were executed, and at least 40 other succumbed to death by "natural causes" or suicide. At this time, approximately 350 prisoners remain on Florida death row, although in coming months that number will drop as more of Florida death row inmates will have their illegally imposed death sentence vacated under Hurst v Florida.

I have been on death row, and in solitary confinement, for over 33 years. I was 23 years old when I arrived here at Florida State Prison in March 1984 and I'm now 57 years old. You can read about my death row experience in my series "Alcatraz of the South", posted at the website "Minutes Before Six" and you can also download my book To live and Die on Death Row for free at my website  Southern injustice.

I do realize that there are some who believe that all prisoners, especially those sentenced to death, automatically deserve to be treated in a way that inflicts as much pain and suffering as possible. That says a lot more about who they are - their own moral deficiencies - than it does about us. Making a conscious decision to inflict pain and suffering upon another cannot be morally justified under any circumstances - one would like to think that it's not who we are as a society.

But the inconvenient truth is that while most Americans claim to be "Christians" we are in fact a vengeance driven society that only too often finds gratification in the suffering of others. It's not enough to merely hold someone accountable for a crime - we demand that the transgressor suffer and that's why all death sentenced prisoners are placed and kept in continuous solitary confinement.

Just as much as every person has the capacity for good, within each of us without exception is an equal, if not greater, capacity for pure evil. And while it is easy to recognize evil in another, few are capable of recognizing that same evil within themselves.

In the recently filed Federal lawsuit legal counsel cites the numerous recognized studies as well as a long history of court cases, that explain why prolonged and even indefinite solitary confinement is torture, as it does inflict immense pain and suffering. It's true purpose is to psychologically and physically "break" the prisoners - to reduce them to something less than human before killing them, as stated at length in the book "Death Work: A Study of the Modern Execution Process" by Robert Johnson.

Some would argue that decades in death row solitary confinement isn't all that bad - here in Florida we are allowed a small TV, an MP3 player, and other comfort items (if we can afford to purchase them). But that unreasonably ignores the true effects of solitary confinement. What really breaks the person is not those tangible comfort items, or lack thereof. Rather, it is the inability to physically and socially interact with another human being. Although I can talk to my immediate cell neighbors, I cannot see them or physically interact with them. I'm not allowed to sit down at a table in the prison dining hall and eat a meal with others as every meal is served in my cell. I'm not allowed to attend religious services and "worship" like most other prisoners are allowed to do. I cannot get out of my cell and work, or even walk around. It has been 34 years since I touched dirt or grass as the few hours I'm allowed to go outside is limited to being on a concrete yard and enclosed with fencing and razor wire.

It is an environment that is designed to methodically break the prisoner, to make him or her into a compliant form of flesh and bone, incapable of resisting - and often reduced to welcoming that final act of state sanctioned murder they call an "execution".

It's that systematic deprivation of the ability to meaningful interact with others that very slowly erodes your will to live and strips your humanity from you. If we were dogs or cats, every animal rights group in the world would be screaming for the criminal prosecution of those responsible for inflicting this suffering upon us - but that same measure of empathy and compassion is not extended to condemned prisoners - very few are willing to speak up for our humane treatment.

In the many years I've spent in solitary confinement, I've seen many men broken and reduced to insanity - or abandon the will to live and commit suicide. Hopefully this Federal lawsuit will force prison officials to treat condemned prisoners humanely and end the decades of solitary confinement - and not necessarily because the prisoner deserves it, but because as a society we must be better than that.

Innocent and Executed - please read