TITLE

Governors' Dilemma

AUTHOR(S)
Black Jr., Charles L.
PUB. DATE
April 1979
SOURCE
New Republic;4/28/79, Vol. 180 Issue 17, p12
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Presents arguments in favor of state governors' decision to commute all death sentences in their state, despite the fact that such universal commutation would be a violation of state law. Governors empowered to exercise clemency under state law; Use of the exercise of clemency to give expression to personally-held moral views; Choice to pardon all who violated the criminal laws not agreeable to the governor; Divided society on the matter of capital punishment; Issue of bowing to the sentiment of a temporarily emplaced majority.
ACCESSION #
11069243

 

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