Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Delaware: Mercy!

The Associated Press reports Delaware Gov. Jack Markell "has spared the life of a man who was facing execution this week for the 1990 murder of his former girlfriend." Apparently, Markell is not on his way out of office either - take note Haley Barbour! The 49-year old, Robert Gattis, was scheduled to die Friday, but his sentence has been commuted to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Under Delaware law, governors cannot grant such commutations unless a majority of a five-member Board recommends it.

Markell decided not to wait for backlash, then declare himself the victim of harsh criticism (see Haley Barbour). Instead, Markell stated publicly that the decision was among the most difficult he has made as an elected official. He has also recognized the pain that the decision may cause to the victim's family (whom he met with personally - unlike Haley Barbour). But Markell said, after "substantial time" considering the application, and praying, he was simply not "free from doubt," and he just could not allow the execution to go forward.

Governor Markell. A class act. Barbour, even more foolish looking! See story here.


Anonymous said...

something is wrong with the math in your post. You wrote this in 2012. You say the convict is a 27 year old man, and is facing death penalty related to the 1990 murder conviction.
I assuem you mean that he was 27 at the time of the crime? and it took 22 years for the execution to be scheduled, at which time the Gov. commuted the sentence.

P.S. Ruckman, Jr. said...

EDITOR: You are correct! Thank you!.

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