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Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Indiana Governor Calls for a Review of IN's Death Penalty

On January 7, former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, (whose term as governor ended on January 10), called for a review of Indiana's administration of the death penalty.  "I have now encountered two cases where doubt about an offender's personal responsibility and the quality of the legal process leading to the capital sentence has led me to grant clemency," Kernan said. "These instances should cause us to take a hard look at how Indiana administers and reviews capital sentences."  Along with Kernan's call for a review of Indiana's capital punishment, he granted clemency to Michael Daniels, an Indianapolis man convicted and sentenced to death row for the 1978 killing of an Army chaplain.  Daniels was incarcerated on Indiana's death row longer than any other prisoner; now instead of facing the death penalty, Daniels will serve life in prison without the possibility of parole.  More... [Mark Godsey]

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