Tag: Amnesties, Commutations and Pardons

Groveland Four Are Exonerated More Than 70 Years Later

Four Black men wrongly charged with raping a white woman more than 70 years ago in Florida were exonerated on Monday, bringing an end to a saga that has shadowed their families for decades. The accused — Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Samuel Shepherd and Ernest Thomas, known as the Groveland Four — died before Florida […]

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Biden Pardons 2 Turkeys in Thanksgiving Tradition

WASHINGTON — There are few rituals in President Biden’s Washington that the coronavirus has not touched, that partisan contagion has not warped and that a collective sense of American exhaustion has not endangered. But the cheesy, just-because tradition of the presidential turkey pardon? It is alive and well. “Peanut Butter and Jelly were selected based […]

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Oklahoma Governor Commutes Julius Jones’s Death Sentence Hours Before Execution

The governor of Oklahoma on Thursday called off the execution of a death-row inmate just hours before the man was to be put to death, in a case in which the state’s Pardon and Parole Board had twice recommended that his sentence be commuted. “After prayerful consideration and reviewing materials presented by all sides of […]

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Supporters Appeal for Clemency for Death Row Inmate Julius Jones

Hundreds of students walked out of schools and activists demonstrated outside the governor’s office on Wednesday in a final attempt to persuade Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma to grant clemency to a death-row inmate who is scheduled to be executed on Thursday. The inmate, Julius Jones, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death […]

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Man Pardoned After Spending 24 Years in Prison for Murder

Gov. Roy Cooper of North Carolina on Friday granted a pardon to a man who spent more than 24 years in prison for murder before a judge vacated his conviction in 2019, finding that a key witness had “entirely made up” her testimony. The pardon for the man, Montoyae Dontae Sharpe, clears the way for […]

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Homer Plessy’s Arrest in 1892 Led to a Landmark Ruling. Now He May Get Justice.

On June 7, 1892, a racially mixed shoemaker from New Orleans named Homer Plessy bought a first-class ticket for a train bound for Covington, La., and took a seat in the whites-only car. He was asked to leave and he refused, leading to his being dragged from the train and charged with violating the Louisiana […]

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Rights Groups Urge Singapore Not to Execute Man With Mental Disability

Human rights groups are urging Singapore to halt an execution next week of a Malaysian man convicted of smuggling heroin into the city-state, arguing that he should be exempt under international law because he has an intellectual disability. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 33, was caught in 2009 with about 1.5 ounces of heroin strapped to his thigh […]

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Myanmar Announces Amnesty for Thousands of Anti-Coup Protesters

Myanmar’s ruling junta announced on Monday that it would free more than 5,600 anti-regime protesters this week in its first significant release of political prisoners since seizing power in a Feb. 1 coup. The junta said it was granting the prisoners amnesty to mark the Lighting Festival, a three-day holiday that begins on Tuesday. But […]

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