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January 11, 2006

Capital crazes: clemency and reform talk all the rage

With developments in California leading the way, there are notable stories about requests for capital clemency and about proposals for death penalty reforms in many states around the nation:

ABOUT CAPITAL CLEMENCY

  • This article from Indiana details that a "death row inmate facing execution in two weeks for the 1981 killings of a Howard County man and his pregnant wife has asked Gov. Mitch Daniels for clemency, arguing that he is innocent."

  • This article from North Carolina details that lawyers for Perrie Dyon Simpson,  who was sentenced to death for the 1984 strangulation death of an elderly preacher, have asked Gov. Mike Easley to grant clemency in part due to Simpson's "unstable and emotionally deprived childhood."

ABOUT DEATH PENALTY REFORM

  • This article from Missouri details the deabte over bills to delay or abolish the death penalty in that state.

  • This article from New Hampshire details competing "proposals to expand and end death penalty compete in Legislature."

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