Governors' Dilemma

Black Jr., Charles L.
April 1979
New Republic;4/28/79, Vol. 180 Issue 17, p12
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.


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