MO Governor Commutes

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    I just keep finding myself saying good things about my Democrat Governor.






    Tough decision to make for Governor Nixon, but the right one in my opinion.
     
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    Interesting.

    Why come, Missourian?
     
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    Meh. Did he promise to do this when he campaigned?

    I'm no death penalty proponent, but I don't like pols setting aside jury decisions.
     
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    Nixon is a pro-capital punishment.

    Yet he decided to commute Clay's death penalty, the first commutation in over a decade.

    It's not going to be a popular decision here and he'll take a lot of heat for it, but it's a step in the right direction.
     
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    Well, if the man's guilt is not in doubt, why do you feel he did the right thing?

    I'm not pro-death penalty; I'm just curious as to why you think this man deserved more mercy than the jury showed him.

     
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    Did the wife get the DP? If she didn't and he did, then I think that is a travesty of justice!
     
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    I have a laundry list of reasons:


    1) I believe the State's duty is punishment, not revenge. Life in prison is punishment, execution is revenge.

    2) Capital punishment is cruel and unusual.

    3) The appeals process takes so long...in this case 16 years...that the person who committed the crime has changed...meaning essentially a different person is being executed than committed the crime.

    4) Execution is final, there's no going back. No matter how confident the State is in the verdict, unless that certainty is 100%, there is a chance, however small, that a innocent man is being murdered.
     
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    The wife got 15 years.

    Martindale’s estranged wife, Stacy Martindale, and a man she was having an affair with at the time, Charles Sanders, also were charged in the murder-for-hire plot.


    Stacy Martindale was convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. Sanders, who testified against Clay, got probation.
     
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    But those are things voters should decide, or at least elected representatives who lay out the punishment and appeals processes.

    Should not be decided by executive fiat.

    Unless Nixon ran on commuting this guy's sentence and he won because of it or in spite of it.
     
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    Can't agree with this post more. :clap2:
     
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