The governor of US state Rhode Island is set to pardon the last man executed there – an Irish immigrant who was hanged more than 150 years ago following what is believed to have been a tainted trial.
John Gordon was convicted of killing Amasa Sprague, the brother of a US senator. He was hanged in 1845.
Law professors and historians now say the evidence against Gordon was circumstantial and his trial was tainted by widespread bigotry against Irish Catholics.
Rhode Island’s General Assembly passed legislation urging governor Lincoln Chafee to pardon Gordon.
The governor is scheduled to sign a proclamation pardoning him today, at the Old State House, in Providence, where Gordon’s trial took place.
State politicians who sponsored the resolution in the Senate and House of Representatives are expected to attend the public ceremony.
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They're still at it.
My friend was framed for murder in 2006. Due to: "his trial was tainted by widespread bigotry against" blacks.
http://www.capecodtoday.com/blogs/index … fe?blog=53
***They never admit that's the reason, but it clear as day.
Long history of bigotry in America....
And look now. A Muslim senator is being smeared for being Muslim.
Muslims are the new Irish/Black/Jew. In 2011. PATHETIC!
As far as pardoning.....it's 150 years too late! Have we learned anything? That is highly questionable.
Oh dang, William Sprague wasn't a right wind fascist. He was a liberal fascist. He bolted the Republican party to become a Liberal Republican and enjoyed the support of the Democrat party. And you know how it is, scratch a liberal, find a fascist. Those birkenstocks so strangely transmogrify into jack boots at the first sign of opposition to their nation killing agenda.
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