executive clemency

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n executive clemency the power (usually of a president or governor) to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted in that jurisdiction
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Usage

In literature:

He extends executive clemency to a number annually.
"The Twin Hells" by John N. Reynolds
It has always been the province of the Chief Executive of a state or nation to grant pardons or clemency to those who are confined in prison.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
Miss Anthony had not asked executive clemency for herself.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
But the execution of Wallace was the one blot on Edward's clemency.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
It is a striking instance of her clemency, that only two persons were executed for this crime.
"Lives of Celebrated Women" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich
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In news:

But the many doubts in the case have raised questions about ' executive clemency ' as a fail-safe for the death penalty.
Executive Clemency May Be Option.
Gov John Kasich has denied clemency to the Death Row inmate facing execution later this month for the brutal murder of an Akron woman 15 years ago.
Clemency denied for convicted murderer to be executed Tuesday.
The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has voted to deny clemency to death row inmate Warren Lee Hill, who is facing execution Wednesday.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied clemency to an inmate scheduled to be executed Wednesday.
A lawyer for a Georgia death row inmate set to be executed this week says the state Board of Pardons and Paroles has denied his client's application for clemency .
The Montana Parole Board on Monday recommended that a Canadian man on death row be denied clemency , saying "justice is best served" by continuing with the execution.
An Arizona death-row inmate is asking the state Supreme Court to block his execution Wednesday so a lower court can consider whether the inmate's rights to a fair clemency hearing have been violated.
But the many doubts in the case have raised questions about 'executive clemency ' as a fail-safe for the death penalty.
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