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After execution, governor weighs a clemency bid

Past shows power of reprieve used rarely since Rockefeller

By John Moritz

This article was originally published April 23, 2017 at 3:45 a.m. Updated April 23, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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Then-Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller speaks at a news conference in the late 1960s. “What earthly mortal has the omnipotence to say who among us shall live and who shall die? I do not,” Rockefeller said in 1970 as he commuted 15 state inmates’ death sentences.

Earlier this month, in a meeting with journalists, Gov. Asa Hutchinson called executions “the heaviest and most serious responsibility” of his office....

Gov. Asa Hutchinson joined a long list of predecessors as he oversaw Arkansas' first execution in more than 11 years.

Earlier this month, in a meeting with journalists, Gov. Asa Hutchinson called executions “the heaviest and most serious responsibility” of his office....

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