Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mercy Denied. A Military Death Sentence

The News Observer has an interesting piece on President Bush's approval of the execution of Pvt. Ronald A. Gray, who was convicted of several rapes and four murders in the late 1980s. According to the Observer, it is "the first time in more than 50 years that a president has ordered the execution of a member of the armed services." A White House spokesman says, "the president believes the facts of this case leave no doubt that the sentence is just and warranted." The Observer also reports that presidential approval of executions of members of the Armed Services has been required since 1951, but PardonPower is fairly certain that this requirement was actually installed in the aftermath of the Houston Riot of 1917. See story here.

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