Florida won't restore rights to famed jewel thief


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida has turned down a request by famed surfer and jewel thief Jack Murphy, known as "Murph the Surf," to win the restoration of his civil rights.

Gov. Rick Scott supported the request by the 75-year-old Murphy at a meeting Thursday. But it was opposed by other members of the Cabinet including Attorney General Pam Bondi and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.

In 1964, Murphy was involved in the heist of jewels from New York's American Museum of Natural History including the Star of India. He was later convicted of first-degree murder for the deaths of two women involved in the theft of over $488,000 worth of securities.

Bondi said Murphy was fortunate he had not been executed.

Murphy has been involved in prison ministries since he was released from prison.

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